A formal demand letter has been sent to members of the Gibraltar, Wisconsin, town board, including its restaurant-owner chairman, putting them on notice their ban on a competitor’s expansion plans likely won’t stand up in court.
And that’s where the dispute will end up, says the Institute for Justice, if the situation isn’t corrected.
The battle royale erupted after the owners of the White Cottage Red Door, a Door County shop known for “everything cherry,” opened a new food truck in its own parking lot.
“Unfortunately, the town of Gibraltar’s board wasn’t thrilled with the new competition for existing brick-and-mortar restaurants,” said the IJ. “So, shortly after the food truck opened, the board promptly banned all businesses on wheels.”
IJ said the ordinance “has one purpose: economic protectionism.”
“The board’s chairman – who voted for the ordinance – owns a brick-and-mortar restaurant just two miles down the road. Also, the former board