Miami enterprise proprietor provides convicted felons one other probability


MIAMI – Alex Montanez is the proprietor behind the celebrity-loved Natural Meals Kings meals vehicles in Miami-Dade County.

As a convicted felon, Montanez, 38, is aware of how troublesome it’s to discover a job as soon as somebody has been launched from jail, and that’s why he determined that he would solely rent convicted felons to work at his meals vehicles.

Montanez served 5 years in jail, starting when he was 20, after he says he was wrongfully convicted of cash laundering.

He had by no means been in hassle with the legislation previous to his arrest.

After he bought out of jail, Montanez discovered it troublesome to land a superb job so he determined that changing into a enterprise proprietor can be the one means he might guarantee his success.

In consequence, he opened varied companies, together with a shoe retailer, quite a few mattress shops and his meals vehicles.

Certainly one of Montanez’s Natural Meals Kings staff served 15 years in jail for possession of marijuana. He was simply 19 years previous when he went in, spending nearly all of his grownup life to this point behind bars.

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One other worker served 9 years in jail for a criminal offense he didn’t commit. In that case, the precise offender finally confessed to the crime and DNA additionally cleared him of wrongdoing.

That worker is now working to get his file expunged.

Workers of Natural Meals Kings (left); proprietor Alex Montanez with MMA fighter Jorge Masvidal. (Natural Meals Kings)

“They’re the perfect staff,” Montanez stated. “They’re the primary ones in and the final ones to depart, as a result of they know if this doesn’t work out, they’re not going to get a company job … They get the job that no person desires — slicing grass, choosing up rubbish.”

As a husband and father of 4, Montanez stated he doesn’t worker anybody who has been convicted of rape or crimes in opposition to kids.

So why vegan meals?

Montanez stated he has solely been a vegan for a few years, however his spouse, Elena Montanez, has been one for about 10 years.

He stated having emergency gallbladder surgical procedure a number of years in the past pressured him to reevaluate his well being and what sorts of meals he was placing into his physique.

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However that doesn’t imply the meals can’t nonetheless be tasty.

Natural Meals Kings presents quite a lot of choices, from burgers to vegan shrimp tacos.

Their meals is even liked by an unlimited vary of celebrities, corresponding to Rihanna, Lenny Kravitz, DJ Khalid, and even Madonna.

Natural Meals Kings first opened up in Midtown six days earlier than the 2020 pandemic lockdown in Miami-Dade County.

They’re positioned at 3246 North Miami Ave., but additionally have places in Kendall, Brickell and Doral.

Click on right here for extra details about Natural Meals Kings and to view their menu.

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