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Monday, December 18, 2017

Strip club from The Sopranos is officially shut down

The New Jersey strip club featured as the seedy hangout on HBO’s “The Sopranos” went bust in real-life over the weekend.
Satin Dolls in Lodi was forced to sideline its naked ladies — and cease all other live “entertainment” — under a court order that shutters the jiggle joint for allegedly hiding money from the state, sources said Monday.
The strip club on Route 17 — which appeared as the “Bada Bing” in the hit mobster series — must either sell or transfer its liquor licenses by Jan. 3, according to a court order filed by state Attorney General Christopher Porrino and the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control.
Owners of the nightspot allegedly hid cash from the state and allowed reputed mob associate Anthony “Tony Lodi” Cardinalle to run the place, according to the court order.
“The Cardinalles may have wanted to keep the business in the family, but that’s not how it works. Their continued flouting of Alcoholic Beverage Control laws cannot and will not be tolerated,” said Porrino said in a statement earlier this month.
Cardinalle was barred from running the strip club amid racketeering charges linked to the Genovese crime family illegal waste disposal operation, officials said.
The club legally serve can still serve drinks until Jan. 3. A.J.’s Gentleman Club, which is under the same ownership, will also be forced to shut down by Jan. 3.
On Monday, a rep from Satin Dolls said, “No comment — but, yeah, we’re open.”
The club and its owners were the subject of an investigation by the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control for more than six years, according to officials.



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