12 December, 2017
'The Sopranos' is being closed down
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Satin Dolls, the famous strip club that was as the fictional "Bada Bing" in the landmark mob drama "The Sopranos," is one of two North Jersey go-go bars ordered to close operations, Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino announced Thursday.
The Route 17 club and A.J.'s Gentleman's Club in Secaucus have until Dec. 17 to cease live entertainment due to alleged violations of state laws, according to statements made by Porrino.
The clubs liquor licenses must be sold or transferred to a third party no later than Jan 3, 2018, according to Porrino and the N.J. Division of Alcohol Beverage Control.
The clubs and owners have been under state investigation for over than six years, Porrino said.
"The division has alleged that Anthony Cardinalle, who was criminally disqualified from maintaining involvement with the clubs' operations, nonetheless continued to run the businesses," Porrino said. "The division also alleges that the owners failed to account for large amounts of cash flowing in and out of the businesses."
Cardinalle was indicted by the federal government in January 2013 for participating in a conspiracy by the Genovese crime family related to the waste-disposal industry in New Jersey and New York, Porrino said.
He pleaded guilty in December 2013 to racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to commit extortion and was ordered to spend 30 days in jail, and pay a fine and restitution.
The division said it has evidence Anthony Cardinalle continued to run the clubs, including after a 2015 robbery at Satin Dolls when Cardinalle spoke with Lodi police and identified himself as the owner.
On Nov. 20, N.J. division Director David P. Rible signed an order stating the Cardinalle family's involvement with the club must end.
Porrino said a 2011 consent order mandated that Luceen Cardinalle, the wife of Anthony who was listed as the sole shareholder of both corporations, turn over the licenses to her daughter, Loren Cardinalle.
The Cardinalles were ordered to pay $1.25 million in penalties as a compromise in lieu of revocation of both licenses, and Loren Cardinalle was ordered to transfer both licenses to a bona fide third party by Dec. 31, 2015.
"The holding of licenses to sell and serve alcohol is contingent upon the owners' behaving in a reputable manner," Rible said. "The Cardinalles, quite simply, have not played by the rules despite many opportunities to correct their behavior, and it's time to get them out of the alcohol business once and for all."