The owners of White Cottage Red Door never imagined they were heading for a legal battle when they opened a food truck on their property in August 2017.
“We got positive feedback,” Lisa Howard, one of the Co-Owners reflected. “Everyone loved what food we served and were very appreciative we were there.”
The four co-owners of the business obtained a state license and county zoning permit to operate the food truck on private property owned by White Cottage Red Door.
That was before the Town of Gibraltar passed a town ordinance banning all businesses one wheels.
Violating the ban can cost up to $500 a day, a price the owners of the small business say they cannot afford to pay.
Thursday, the group held a press conference along with their attorneys, announcing that the Town of Gibraltar has 120 days to lift the ban before a lawsuit is filed.
Milad Enam, one of the group’s attorneys, says that the town targeted the food truck, possibly to protect more established restaurants in town.
“That’s unfair to White Cottage Red Doors’ entrepreneurs, who are just trying to make an honest living,” he told Local Five.
“Part of our business plan was to build onto the existing brick and mortar business,” Howard explained. “One thing being the food truck, so now we’re not able to do that. It kind of has an impact.”