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Image Via Monti’s Smokehouse BBQ Facebook Page

Named after their adorable maltipoo, Monti’s Smokehouse BBQ in Sunrise Casablanca located on the east side of Las Vegas started in the backyard of hospitality veterans Kelcie Alder and Ryan Whelan.

What used to be a simple way to gather and entertain friends is now a community focused food truck/curbside food service that offers delicious meals at an affordable price.

Monti’s origin story starts at a couple of gaming bars that wanted the food truck to take over their kitchens. But when the coronavirus pandemic hit Nevada, numerous businesses had to close down – including gaming bars.

Ryan and his team knew they had to pivot and come up with a way to not only stay in business, but also help the community at the same time.

“We felt a responsibility to help keep the community working,” said Ryan Whelan, co-owner at Monti’s Smokehouse BBQ. “The main question was how to keep people working while simultaneously helping out other members of the community.”

Ryan and his team decided to began serving delectable curbside meals for their customers on a budget.

“We create food. We don’t buy food,” said Whelan. “We basically went from being a gourmet food truck to feeding the masses some really great food.”

According to Whelan, a Facebook group called “Eastsiders Taking Action,” has become one of the company’s primary ways of spreading the word about their food.

“It’s this an amazing group of people with the sole purpose of bringing real positive change to the Eastside of Las Vegas,” said Whelan. “They’re about 5 thousand strong and we couldn’t be more thankful to each and every one of them for their support during these crazy times.”

The delicious food at Monti’s Smokehouse BBQ can be as low as $6 and varies from sandwiches to spaghetti and meatballs to traditional Mexican tacos. The team at Monti’s also puts a special focus on family meals like beef stroganoff and chicken teriyaki.

The company also caters at various gatherings – weddings, corporate events, office events, and celebrations – aiming to bring together old and new friends. It also has a unique twist to the items on the menu: They’re named after Kelcie and Ryan’s past and present pets.

Make no mistake about it, Monti’s scrumptious food is unparalleled in Las Vegas, so it’s not surprising that there’re been an outpouring of support from their customers online.

“We have nothing but mad love for Monti’s and their scrumptious delectable dishes,” said one customer. “Great tasting food, generous portions, and friendly service. The staff treats you like family.”

These efforts have allowed Monti’s to serve affordable food with excellent quality while keeping its workers afloat.

Currently, the company is serving curbside at 6320 East Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, Nevada. Delivery can be done through Ubereats, Grubhub, Postmates, and their main ordering site.

Click here to learn more about them and their menu items. They change constantly but they’re always amazing.

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