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Cha Cha Says Coney Businesses Will Fight 'Criminal Act'

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When we heard Cha Cha's was being forced out of the new Phony Island along with eight other businesses, we knew there was only one man to call: the "Unofficial Mayor of Little Italy," John "Cha Cha" Ciarcia. He told us just what we wanted to hear: Tomorrow, he plans to meet with a lawyer to find a way to fight what he describes as a "criminal act" and a "conspiracy."

Cha Cha says that over the summer, around June or July, Central Amusement told him they were planning to renew his lease: "They told me they were going to give me [a renewal for] three [years], three, and three -- nine years." He says a French company that was handling Central Amusement's food and beverage program asked him to submit a business plan and he did so, promising to spend half a million dollars turning his dive into "the lost city of Atlantis, with live music and entertainment and food."

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