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The "Bada Bing!" has gone bust.

The exotic dance club made famous in HBO's "The Sopranos," known in real life as Satin Dolls, was forced to cease live entertainment on Sunday by state officials.

Though made popular by the show, it drew only a small audience for its finale.

The Lodi club, as well as A.J.'s Gentleman's Club in Secaucus, must also give up their liquor licenses by Jan. 3.

Earlier this month, New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino ordered the clubs to close, because their owner, Anthony "Tony Lodi" Cardinalle of Saddle River, is a convicted racketeer and is barred from having a liquor license.

"It's time to shut it down," Porrino said in a statement.

 

The club had a starring role in "The Sopranos," which ran on HBO from 1999 to 2007. It was a hangout spot for fictional New Jersey mobster Tony Soprano, played by James Gandolfini.

When the 51-year-old actor died in Rome in 2013, the bar created a makeshift memorial.

Satin Dolls has been a popular spot for "Sopranos" fans and is featured on organized tours of the real-life sites from the show.

On Sunday, though, the club had few visitors.

As cars and trucks roared past on Route 17, the mostly empty parking lot was covered in slushy snow. "Bartenders Wanted," a sign outside the entrance said.

 

Inside the dimly lit club, only a handful of patrons watched the New York Giants play the Philadelphia Eagles.

A woman who was working behind the bar told a reporter and a photographer that they would need permission from the manager to be there, and that he wasn't available.

Cardinalle was one of 12 members of three organized-crime families charged with racketeering conspiracy by the Justice Department in 2013 as part of a four-year investigation into their control of waste disposal businesses in the greater New York region.

The group also included Carmine "Papa Smurf" Franco. NJ Transit recently paid Franco's family $6.1 million for property in Weekhawken needed to build an air shaft for the planned Gateway rail tunnel, according to court documents. 

Both Cardinalle and Franco pleaded guilty.

 

 

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