COLLINGSWOOD, N.J. (AP) — Angelo Lutz is trying to make a hit in the restaurant world with a new Mafia-themed Italian eatery in southern New Jersey.
He knows a thing or two about organized crime. Known as Fat Ange, Lutz served nearly seven years in federal prison on a racketeering conviction.
After he got out in 2008, he turned to an old love in cooking.
He opened a restaurant in Collingswood in 2010. Last week, he moved into a bigger space in the foodie-friendly town.
Financing renovations was tricky. Banks turned him down, saying they couldn't make loans to a felon, so he turned to a crowd-funding program.
Lutz's next aims are opening franchises and starring in a reality TV show where he can tell his stories to a bigger crowd.