“Fat Ange” is a convicted felon. Angelo Jenaro Lutz, his given name, was a former mobster who spent 7 years in prison on federal racketeering charges who was released in 2008. When he was convicted he weighed in at 450 pounds. It has been reported he weighed an enormous 500 pounds upon his release. His nickname is well earned.
He was supposed to spend the end of his sentence at a halfway house but his diabetes was so bad the feds let him serve the remainder at his mom’s home in south Philadelphia. There were questions about his safety upon his release. While he never testified agains his old mates in the Costa Nostra, he had a reputation for having a big mouth and there was speculation that his former associates may be looking for an opportunity to keep him quiet. One insider stated, “If I were Angelo Lutz, I’d be looking to change climates as soon as possible.”
Jump forward a few years later and today, instead of a missing persons report, Angelo has just finished a crowdfunding round on Indiegogo - having successfully raised over $34,000 on a goal of $25,000 to expand his growing restaurant business. The now slimmed down Angelo (reported to be around 300 pounds) has a new nickname: “The Kitchen Consigliere”.
As one may guess, banks are not inclined to lend money to convicted felons – much less “reformed” mafia associates. After three years in the restaurant business the Kitchen Consiglieri Cafe has the opportunity to expand into a 3600 square foot facility near his current location in Collingswood, New Jersey. Angelo’s crowdfunding page claims he applied to over a dozen lending institutions and being turned down at all – went to Indiegogo.
A quick review of Yelp shows that Angelo’s Italian restaurant is capturing pretty good reviews. 4 stars out of 5 from 57 reviewers. So hopefully with the additional capital Angelo will be able to continue his reformed career and continue to provide great Italian food in South Jersey. And with a possible reality TV show in the works – it appears things are looking up for Angelo today.
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