While Cordato’s Deli may get the city’s blessing for the dancing that goes on in its back bar (erotic dancing, neighbors say — and Cordato’s denies), another visionary who combined sandwiches and strippers, Anthony “Cousin Vinny” Agnello, has ended up on the wrong side of the law. As you’ll recall, the Mafia-obsessed operator of “World Famous Cousin Vinny’s Gorgeous Strippers” opened a Subway-style sandwich shop that he promised would host “six hours of nonstop, hard-core, live action from some of the most beautiful young ladies who have ever chosen to take their clothes off in public.” He later claimed it was all a publicity stunt; however, the Post now reports that Cousin Vinny, who operated a Subway franchise before being evicted for not paying rent, must pay $12,000 to the chain for violating trademark laws by using its bags, wrappers, and signature sandwich for his new venture. Did the judge not consider community service? Why not force him to perform six hours of nonstop, hard-core live action at a Quizno’s?
Bronx Individualist Brought Down by Corporate Machine [Daily Intel]