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New Jersey authorities shuts down ‘Sopranos Bada Bing” strip club

December 8, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
New Jersey authorities shuts down ‘Sopranos Bada Bing” strip club Satin Dolls, a.k.a. the Bada Bing Club, strip club portrayed on HBO's "The Sopranos"

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The Lodi, New Jersey strip club that served as the backdrop for the mobster hangout spot in the HBO series “The Sopranos” has been ordered to shut down as police investigate potential real-life crimes.

Scenes at The Soprano’s fictional Bada Bing club took place at the Satin Dolls in Lodi.

On Thursday, New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino revealed that the club, along with another club owned by the same family, must cease live entertainment and sell their liquor licenses by January 3rd.

Detectives from the Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control claim that former owner Anthony Cardinalle continued to operate the clubs despite being prohibited from doing so and that the clubs neglected to account for large amounts of money moving in and out.

Satin Dolls, a.k.a. the Bada Bing Club, strip club portrayed on HBO’s “The Sopranos”

Earlier this year, they accused Satin Dolls of criminally soliciting prostitution and lewd activity including “audience participation,” NorthJersey.com reported.

“Illegal activity was glorified at ‘Bada Bing’ in the world of Tony Soprano, but it has no place in New Jersey,” Porrino said in a press release. “It’s time to shut down.”

Porrino said the clubs were being investigated for over six years as the Cardinalle family attempted to maintain ownership despite an order to give the liquor licenses to a third party.

“The Cardinalles may have wanted to keep the business in the family, but that’s not how it works,” Porrino added. “Their flouting of Alcoholic Beverage Control laws will not be tolerated.”

In 2013, Anthony Cardinalle pleaded guilty to a racketeering conspiracy associated with the Genovese crime family. In 1995, he confessed to evading taxes by not reporting income from clubs.

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