Wednesday, July 1, 2020

When Trump bought a nightclub from a Mobster

In 1982, a member of Philadelphia’s mafia was the only thing standing between Trump and land for a parking lot at his Trump Plaza casino hotel. Trump bought a nightclub owned by Salvatore 'Salvie' Testa. 'Le Bistro' had been purchased by Testa and partner Frank Narducci Jr. Both men had sad fates, Testa was whacked in 1984 weeks after a dispute with mob boss Nicky Scarfo. Narducci, who transferred his stake in the club to Testa in 1982, was sentenced to life in prison in 1989 for his role in a mob murder. Le Bistro, which had been languishing vacant for years after the owners were denied a liquor license, was purchased from the mobster for $1.1m.The transaction went through a third party so Trump's name wouldn't be revealed.
A secretary of Trump’s lawyer was shown as the purchaser. After the sale, the property was transferred to Trump. The Trump Plaza went bankrupt and was shuttered in 2014.