A Raleigh, North Carolina, Restaurant Owner Protests the City for ‘Killing His Business’


This is the sign pitched in front of Gringo A Go Go.

A Mexican farm-to-table restaurant owner in Raleigh, North Carolina set up a sign in front of his restaurant, saying that his business is not doing well because the city frequently closes the street.

Benjamin Shelton, owner of Gringo A Go Go, opened his restaurant on the corner of Edenton Street and Person Street in downtown Raleigh, which is a high traffic area. But, the city tends to close the street when there are running races, charity walks, and other private events.

“I am the entire company,” Shelton told ABC11. “I work 100 hours a week. I’m proud of what I do.”

The sign reads, “Hey Raleigh! Stop closing my intersection constantly. You’re killing my business.”

Shelton told ABC11 that the streets are closed 11 weekends each year, which is about 20 percent of the entire year. He said that customers are driven away because they see that the intersection is closed and decide to go elsewhere.


“I don’t mind sometimes, but that’s a lot,” Shelton told ABC11.