They opened a Haitian food truck. Then they were told, ‘Go back to your own country,’ lawsuit says

February 09, 2024

When they added a Haitian food truck, people drove from an hour away for freshly cooked oxtail, fried plantains and marinated pork. Clemene Bastien and Theslet Benoir stand outside of their Eben-Ezer Haitian food truck in Parksley, Va., on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024. Tensions can spark debates about land use, food safety and food truck owners’ rights in underserved communities. Theslet Benoir and Clemene Bastien stand inside their Eben-Ezer Haitian food truck in Parksley, Va., on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024. She said Parksley’s Haitian food truck provided something vital — familiar foods that remind people of their homeland — to people often working long hours.