Convicted mobster hoping for a hit with NJ eatery

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by Associated Press

Associated Press

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 5:04 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 31 at 5:05 AM

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.

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