Miami business owner gives convicted felons another chance

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MIAMI – Alex Montanez is the owner of celebrity-favorite Organic Food Kings food trucks in Miami-Dade County.

As a convicted felon, Montanez, 38, knows how hard it is to find a job once someone is out of jail, and that’s why he decided he would only hire felons sentenced to work in his food trucks.

Montanez served five years in prison, starting when he was 20, after he said he was wrongfully convicted of money laundering.

He had never had any trouble with the law before his arrest.

After his release from prison, Montanez struggled to land a good job, so he decided that becoming a business owner would be the only way to ensure his success.

As a result, he opened various businesses, including a shoe store, numerous mattress stores, and his food trucks.

One of Montanez’s Organic Food Kings employees served 15 years in prison for possession of marijuana. He was just 19 when he entered, spending most of his adult life behind bars.

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Another employee served nine years in prison for a crime he did not commit. In this case, the real offender eventually confessed to the crime and the DNA also cleared him of wrongdoing.

This employee is now working to have his file expunged.

Employees of Organic Food Kings (left); owner Alex Montanez with MMA fighter Jorge Masvidal. (The kings of organic food)

“They are the best employees,” Montanez said. “They’re the first in and the last out, because they know that if it doesn’t work out, they won’t get a job with the company… They get the job that no one wants — mow the grass, pick up the garbage.

As a husband and father of four children, Montanez said he does not employ anyone who has been convicted of rape or crimes against children.

So why eat vegan?

Montanez said he had only been vegan for a few years, but his wife, Elena Montanez, had been vegan for about 10 years.

He said emergency gallbladder surgery several years ago forced him to reassess his health and the types of food he was putting in his body.

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But that doesn’t mean the food can’t still be tasty.

Organic Food Kings offers a variety of options, from burgers to vegan shrimp tacos.

Their food is even enjoyed by a wide range of celebrities, such as Rihanna, Lenny Kravitz, DJ Khalid and even Madonna.

Organic Food Kings first opened in Midtown six days before the 2020 pandemic lockdown in Miami-Dade County.

They are located at 3246 North Miami Ave., but also have locations in Kendall, Brickell, and Doral.

Click here for more information on Organic Food Kings and to view their menu.

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