Light's Out for Big Ang's Drunken Monkey



“Mob Wives” star Big Ang has closed The Drunken Monkey in DUMBO. Which is kinda weird cause that's exactly where we'd expect to find an eatery/bar/whatever owned by Big Ang.

The bar opened with a Cinco De Mayo party on May 5, but sources told the New York Daily News that the lights went out on June 6.

“[Staffers] went home that Friday night and just didn't show up the next day.”

The spot was suffering some “financial setbacks,” but reality star told the News that she believes the Monkey will reopen. “We're having some little paper problems there, but it’s not closing.”

The niece of  deceased Genovese crime family figure Salvatore “Sally Dogs” Lombardi, also owns a long-running neighborhood bar, also named Drunken Monkey, in Staten Island. Although, according to an article on the Staten Island Advance, SallyAnn Lombardi said she is the true owner.

"Despite the common misconception that reality star Angela "Big Ang" Raiola owns the Drunken Monkey, Ms. Lombardi said that she is the actual owner, not her famous first cousin.

"I let them film to stir up business, but I have always owned this bar," she said.

A patron of the Staten Island Drunken Monkey was killed outside the place earlier this month.

According to the Daily News report:
[Big Ang] had hoped that a vacant space above the tourist-packed Grimaldi’s pizzeria in DUMBO would be a perfect spot to capitalize on her celebrity, since she had been “mobbed” by fans of her show who were waiting in line at the famous pizzeria. 
But as the “funky lounge” was being readied for the public, there was speculation in the press that the hipster neighborhood wasn't a good fit for Ang’s larger-than-life shtick. 
Indeed, one insider tells us there were few revelers to be found there on most nights. 
Guests also had to enter and exit through Grimaldi’s, which closes before midnight – well before last call at most bars. There had been plans to hire security to usher people through the restaurant after hours....
Grimaldi’s manager Gina Peluso told Confidenti@l, “I don’t know too much about it – all I know is it closed two weeks ago. Nobody (from the bar) said anything to us.”
Big Ang also opened a Drunken Monkey outpost in Miami, called "Miami Monkey," in May 2013. The pub features, "karaoke, Tuesgays (self-explanatory), and cocktails," according to the Miami New Times.

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