BUSTED! Big Ang’s Drunken Monkey Shut Down Because She’s A Convicted Felon!

Posted on Mar 13 2015 - 2:46am by Nancy

All About The Tea. Drunken Monkey closed Big Ang Mob Wives

Sad news for star of VH1’s “Mob Wives,” Angela “Big Ang” Raiola. Her famous Staten Island bar, ‘Drunken Monkey Bar and Grill’ was SHUT DOWN by the State Liquor Authority because of Big Ang’s felonious past.

An investigation uncovered that Big Ang, a convicted felon, was the bar’s silent owner, which is illegal in the State of New York.

Here’s the back story…

In 2003, Big Ang (Angela Raiola) pled guilty to federal drug charges and according to the law, this prohibits her from owning a bar without special permission from the state. According to the State Liquor Authority, Big Ang never applied to be the license holder of the bar. There are exceptions to this law (to those that apply) such as a certificate of relief from civil disabilities, a pardon, or a certificate of good conduct. All of which, Big Ang does not possess.

READ: Mob Wives Murder: A Friend of Big Ang Murdered Outside of Her Staten Island Bar

Although, SallyAnn Lombardi (Big Ang’s cousin), is listed on record as the liquor license holder, it was discovered, Big Ang is the true owner. The “Mob Wives” star is listed as signatory in a bank account associated with watering hole, and also has power of attorney over the bar.

The Drunken Monkey posted a brief statement on its Facebook page after the close,

“On behalf of all of us from the DRUNKEN MONKEY, we want to thank all of our patrons, friends and family for the love and support over the years. Although we cannot comment on the closure of the establishment, you can always reach us via this Facebook page. The DRUNKEY MONKEY wasn’t just a bar, it was a family and a home for many. It wasn’t just a location, it was a lifestyle. We were the first to extend a helping hand and will continue to do so from Facebook and other social media. With that being said, the doors on Forest Avenue may be closed but our HEARTS will always remain OPEN to you!”

The bar was hit with three charges 1) Availing, 2) Non bona fide, and 3) Improper conduct.

The “Availing” charge means  a liquor license holder has allowed a third-party to use or profit from the license. The “Non bona fide” for serving food two days a week, not five, as was originally listed on the liquor license. The “Improper conduct” charge relates to Big Ang’s illegal proprietorship in the bar.

The ‘Drunken Monkey’ is synonymous with “Mob Wives.” The famous Staten Island bar and tourist attraction has been the back drop of many drama-filled scenes involving Big Ang and her costars. #SaveTheDrunkenMonkey


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Nancy loves to multi-task as a writer, she’s an actress and online radio host. She received a B.S. in Mass Communications from LSU. She’s married and the proud mom of 2 German Shepherds.

  • Mikey

    I guess we can assume the Miami location is closed as well, or do they allow convicted felons to own bars?

    • Babson_Chick

      sure why not lol

    • Bad Barbie

      Miami monkey was closed long time when the show was canned.

      • Right. It was only for the show. Ang didn’t really have an actual bar in Miami.

        • Bad Barbie

          I wonder if NatD took it to heart that Big Ange was the only one to not endorse her hate for NatG and reported her to the SLA? I mean she seems to be passionate about the exposing business.

          • I doubt it. This investigation by the state started far before Nat D or Nat G came into the picture. Have you heard the Nat G was fired from the show?

  • TartLemon

    No wonder Big Ang has been so grouchy this season. She’ll probably ‘sell’ the bar to a Family member.

  • doggiedaddy

    Hey, here’s an idea: I don’t what anyone to know about my shady past so I go on a reality TV show.

    • Babson_Chick

      Exactly – they think they’re so smart and pulling one over the law but cheaters will be found out!!

  • TartLemon

    Sell the business, rent the property to the new owner.

  • WaWaWaWHAT!

    Oh no…now Mob Wives doesn’t have an establishment to film that won’t kick them out

  • Wendy Owen

    Who gets possession of the cockroaches?

  • Babson_Chick

    Not surprised – Ang is no Angel

  • >:-|OPINIONATED-deal with it!

    Criminals aren’t smart!

  • miracles3337

    I don’t like this at all. The thing I was thinking was, Big Ang might have made sure it was all good before going on and becoming a target. Its sad that it was shut down for such fixable reasons, but the heat was turned up, and they went drunken monkey on the place.

    • Bad Barbie


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