The ‘Satin Dolls’, a strip club from New Jersey which was used as the “Bada Bing!” in the TV-series The Sopranos, will soon be closing its doors.
(For those of you who are now saying ‘What is the Sopranos?’, please take a weekend off and binge-watch. It’s fantastic television.)
Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced that two north Jersey go-go bars were ordered to cease operations, as the owners have been identified as members of the Cardinalle mob family which has been under investigation for more than six years.
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This is remarkable as it the ‘Satin Dolls’ was used as fictional mob boss Tony Soprano’s centre of operation throughout the years that the HBO show ran. In the series, the strip club was being used to launder money, playing host to debauched, drug-fuelled evenings, shoot-outs and was the scene of several deaths.
It would appear that real life caught up with fiction in this one.
Mr Porrino said: “The division has alleged that Anthony Cardinalle, who was criminally disqualified from maintaining involvement with the Satin Dolls clubs’ operations, nonetheless continued to run the businesses. The division also alleges that the owners failed to account for large amounts of cash flowing in and out of the businesses.”
Mr Anthony Cardinalle, who, just like Anthony Soprano, goes by the name tony, was at first indicted by the federal government in January 2013 for participation related to the waste-disposal industry in New Jersey and New York.
However, unlike Tony Soprano, Mr Cardinalle has now turned and is working with federal prosecutors hoping to get a shorter sentence.
The Attorney General closed his remarks by stating: "Illegal activity was glorified at the 'Bada Bing' in the fictional world of Tony Soprano, but it has no place in modern-day New Jersey. It's time to shut it down."