Rolling Roots, a vegan food truck, permanently closes after a series of attacks that ended in arson. The food truck was set ablaze and was ultimately unrecoverable, forcing the owner to shut it down for good.
Rolling Roots founder Chef Avonte Hartsfield said, “The food truck was the main source of income for my business, and it’s truly a devastating loss we had bookings almost every single day for the next couple of months!”
Officials are investigating the fire as arson is strongly suspected after a series of attacks on the food truck.
After so much community support, Hartsfield created a GoFundMe page set at a goal of raising $100,000. He received $23,000 by 10 p.m. that same day.
Hartsfield said, “My food truck was burglarized and vandalized multiple times. Throughout the ordeal, I’ve had my power cords cut, my office and truck broken into, and items stolen, there was a noose hanging from the door to my office, and finally, on October 3rd, my truck was burned down completely. The police are in the middle of investigating at this time, but no witnesses have come forward, and there doesn’t look like much hope for holding anyone responsible.”
Hartsfield had recently bought a restaurant location to expand, but without his food truck is at a loss of funds. He said, “Now I have a new location that I have no idea how I’ll be able to open and no income from our food truck.”
Thankfully Hartsfield is very close to reaching his goal to allow him to continue to expand his vegan restaurant. If you want to help him out, you can support him on his GoFundMe page.
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With all those attacks, it’s curious that he did not put up security cameras to catch the perpetrators.