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Food Fight: Waynesville denies Mad Anthony's request to keep food truck

Revolutionary War hero General “Mad” Anthony Wayne once told George Washington, “Issue the order, Sir, and I will storm the gates of Hell.”

Supporters of Mad Anthony’s Bottle Shop & Beer Garden on Branner Avenue are no less fired up about a ruling handed down by the Waynesville Town Board last night that now renders their food truck a pricey parking lot decoration.


Town Aldermen Jon Feichter and Julia Boyd Freeman were the only two who voted to support Glenna Young’s request to allow her mobile food trailer to remain permanently placed in the parking lot of the bar, leaving proponents of the eatery with a bad taste in their mouths.

Social media comments bemoaned the town’s lack of foresight as well as a perceived anti-development attitude; a Facebook post made by Mad Anthony’s last night stated that Waynesville’s town motto, “Progress with vision” was “just a sign on the wall.”

The Mad Anthony’s team was strategizing on the side porch earlier this morning and didn’t wish to issue a public statement — yet — although bar co-owner David Young confirmed that a Facebook post made by Mad Anthony’s alluding to the possibility of closing both the food trailer and the bar itself was indeed accurate.

“That option is certainly on the table,” he said.

Look for deeper coverage of this issue in next week’s Smoky Mountain News, available July 6.  

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