The Madison City Council voted Tuesday to revoke a late-night food vending license for a food cart after an employee allegedly pulled out an assault-style weapon during a confrontation in October.
Leia’s Lunchbox will have its license revoked for one year after employee Ellis Slaughter allegedly took a rifle out of the food cart and pointed it at a man to try to break up a fight Downtown in the early morning hours of Oct. 8. Slaughter, 31, has been charged with felony second-degree recklessly endangering safety.
While the food cart has lost its late-night license — which allows food and drinks to be served in certain Downtown areas from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. — owner Leia Boers will retain a general street vending license and a license to serve food in the Capitol Square and State Street areas during the daytime.
Leia’s Lunchbox sells burgers, chicken sandwiches and deep-fried food.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court:
Two men were acting aggressive toward the employees of the food cart, which was parked on the 500 block of North Francis Street, and were being rude to others waiting in line when Slaughter asked the men to leave.
They refused, and the three men got into a physical confrontation. Slaughter went back to the cart, grabbed an assault rifle and pointed it at one of the men. Slaughter then left the area on foot with the gun in hand.
Boers, the owner of the food cart, has also been cited for obstructing a police officer after allegedly denying to know about a gun case in either the food cart or an apartment she shares with Slaughter. Her denial was contradicted by recorded jail conversations between Boers and Slaughter, according to the violation notice by the city against Leia’s Lunchbox.