Excerpt from Robert McFadden New York Times Feb 26 1977
Saturday, February 26, 1977
Alleged Gambling Club Raided Twice in Same Day
An alleged gambling casino in the Bronx was raided yesterday and closed twice by the police yesterday-shortly after midnight and again about 10:30pm after its proprietors had reopened with reserve dealers and makeshift gaming tables to replace employees and paraphernalia seized earlier. The police said that illegal but wide-open gambling operations had been under way, and under surveillance, for three weeks at the two-story former discotheque, where patrons played blackjack, poker, craps, baccarat and other games amid expensive furnishings that included a well-stocked bar. The Inspector described the backers of the Bronx club as members of organized crime, and noted that the Carmine Tramunti family was believed to be predominant in the Bronx. He said that the club had been so open about its operations that a brightly lighted sign had been posted outside the premises.