Cha Cha Says Coney Businesses Will Fight 'Criminal Act'

01/03/2011 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

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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