Somebody call Tony Soprano, because his favorite strip joint has been robbed!
On Sunday morning, New Jersey strip club Satin Dolls — the very one that was used for filming of "The Sopranos" — was reportedly robbed of $30,000, and the men who allegedly committed the crime fled the scene shortly thereafter. As of the time of this report, the men were still on the run.
But that's not all, the stand-in for the HBO series' Bada Bing Club had it's own you-can't-make-this-up, straight-outta-TV mafia dealings outside of the hit show. Back in In February, various news outlets claimed that the former owner of Satin Dolls, Anthony "Tony Lodi" Cardinalle, was allegedly outed as a mob informant. Previously charged by federal agents with participating in a racketeering ring involving several high-profile tri-state area crime families, Cardinalle worked with law enforcement in order to reduce his own sentence.
The Genovese, Gambino (no relation to Childish), and Lucchese families were all said to have "exercised illegal control over waste haulers" in several New Jersey and New York counties — an arrangement into which Cardinalle allegedly had some insight.
Which only goes to show you that in New Jersey, fact really is more outrageous than fiction.