Joseph Campbell famously said that there are only two stories in the whole world:
1) Hero takes a journey and 2) A stranger comes to town.
This topic featured both rolled up into one.
Mark Shirley was doing well as an auto salesman when he decided to quit his job to pursue his dream of operating a barbecue food truck: the 'Ole Time Smokehouse'
He moved to Farmville, NC, and soon business was booming – at least until the established barbecue joints decided they didn't like the competition. They petitioned the local government, which made it almost impossible for Shirley to keep his customers satisfied.
The Pacific Legal Foundation took on the case and is now defending the Ole Time Smokehouse's right to operate in court
Jessica Thompson, the attorney on the case, joined me to talk about the heroic battle for food freedom. Not all superheroes wear capes.
Mark Shirley and Ole Time Smokehouse v. Town of Farmville, et al. | Pacific Legal Foundation
Mark Shirley was making a good living as the general manager of an auto dealership in Eastern North Carolina, but even his comfortable salary couldn't feed his lifelong passion for cooking. So, in September 2019, after a year of exhaustive research into the restaurant industry, Mark left his profitable job to launch a food truck business called Ole ...