Fox News’ Todd Starnes called it the “2013 Battle of Yorktown.”

Carrot Tree Kitchens operates out of the Cole Digges House in Yorktown, Va. — a building owned by the National Park Service. When restaurant owner Glenn Helseth was ordered to close his business as part of the president’s Shutdown Theater, he initially complied. But now he’s back up and running in defiance of the federal government’s political games.

He said Congress is putting politics ahead of people.

“Let them come and lay my people off,” he said. “Let them come and tell my staff they are out of work.”

One of Helseth’s favorite customers turned 100 years old this week and visited the now-open restaurant. “I am occupying Carrot Tree Yorktown,” he told Starnes. “Let the pomposities in Washington tell her ‘no.'”

The Carrot Tree Kitchens Twitter account had been silent since August, but this week the restaurant urged followers to “OCCUPY NPS.”

The restaurant is open for business …

… and like citizens who breached NPS Barrycades and tossed away cones, supporters are answering the call to Occupy America. Civil disobedience has never been tastier!

From Sarah Palin’s Facebook post:

Good. Need more of this. Enough is enough. Jail potentially for serving his carrot cake? Let ’em try.

Thank you for covering this, Todd Starnes.

Helseth and his wife also own a restaurant on Jamestown Island that had to be closed when access to the island was blocked. He and his staff thanked supporters on the Carrot Tree Kitchens Facebook page.

Thank you locals, new faces, and America for your outpouring of kind words, your generous support, and your continued patronage. Your emails, calls, and messages are humbling to say the least. As a businessman, my intent remains to stand up for our customers and our dedicated employees.


Screwed by the #SpiteHouse: Blue Ridge inn forced to throw out food after shutdown closure

In your face, Spite House! Blue Ridge inn blockaded by Park Police reopens today

  • M F Scotto

    In an unrelated story, the owner of the restaurant just received word from the IRS that he’s being audited.

    • Perplexed

      That was very funny!

    • Jake Wilde

      That makes you wonder if they are looking at us too. Just in case I want to say, “F#ck you commie traitors.”

      • seemorejustice

        Your IRS audit letter is in the mail!

        Dang It! Now so is mine! Sh*t!!!

    • snowleopard (the true one)

      No surprise, but it was to be expected. Anyone making a stand against the administration will be audited, or if they make enough noise, charged by the DOJ for some trumped-up charges.

      • GaryTheBrave

        Take down all your YouTube videos. Just sayin’ . . .

    • Clayton Grant

      You are hereby instructed to email your current whereabouts to the Dept of Injustice. Failure to do so within the next 24 hours will result in an NSA database search and triangulation. Gather all your tax forms and then wait calmly on your doorstep for an armed IRS agent to contact you.
      This will be your only notice.

      IRS Cincinatti

    • mike_in_kosovo

      “just received word from the IRS that he’s being audited”

      …. “unexpectedly”, I’m sure!

    • I Am Breitbart

      Bingo! You know it IS going to happen! He will be on Fox News telling us about his recent notification from the IRS to prepare to be probed!

    • lainer51

      I heard L. Lerner was on her way there for “lunch”

    • Ken Alan Draper

      Meanwhile national parks service personel in scuba gear issue $100.00 citations to fish daring to swim off closed beaches. at Yellowstone thousands of citations have been issued to deer, moose, & bears for trespassing on government land, & 100 families of chipmunks have been evicted from government land.

  • b_truit

    The State Troopers assigned to that area should eat there for lunch and dinner the next few days. Lets see them tell them to leave or else.

  • Russ Mirmelstein

    Went to support the Helseth’s on Wednesday. In a driving rainstorm the line to get in wrapped around the building. If you can’t get in at Yorktown location, the BBQ is just as good at the store on Jamestown Rd. (located outside of the Jamestowne Island location)

    • snowleopard (the true one)

      In on the other side of the nation, but wish I was there.

  • Clayton Grant

    The battle of Yorktown was the final battle that forced Cornwallis to surrender. Let this be the opening salvo to return our country to its citizens.

    • CableNewsGuy

      I think it might be to late, it seems as though boehner is cave diving.

      • conservativechick

        He better not. They have the stronger hand holding the purse strings. I hate these liberal bullies.

      • Republicanvet

        If that’s the case, it’s because the yellow streak down a RINO’s back is getting wider with every leftist news report.

        I got a call from the RNC a couple nights ago begging for money “like I gave last year”. I haven’t given to those RINO’s in years, and told them I would wait to see if the Republicans cave on this, and if they do, never to call again.

        • allyall

          I called and ended my membership after the last debt ceiling cave. They continued to send me past due notices – ha ha! I finally gathered them all up in one of their postage paid envelopes, sent it back and said if I got one more piece of mail from them, I would consider a harassment suit. Seems to have worked. I also left a message on one of Boehner’s voice mails asking him to keep in mind the reason I will no longer support RNC is because of his last cave on the CR and debt ceiling.

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        I’m worried too, but for similar, tho’ different reasons…. But I think it’ll work out when we FINALLY throw KING FINK OBAMA to the Curb…Jawamax 8<{D}

    • seemorejustice

      You gotta remember, that surrender worked because Cornwallis’ King was some 3000 miles away. Sadly, OURS is just up the block!


    It is time to show the THUGS of the Occupy Wall Street movement how to make change without destroying property, [email protected] women, or taking a dump on a police car !!!!! We will show the Occupy THUGS the way it gets done & how to get lasting change when we thr0w these bums out of power from this CORRUPT ADMINISTRATION !!!! WE THE PEOPLE are the boss of the government not the other way around & it is time to remind President BOBO of that, he seems to have forgotten !!!!

  • conservativechick

    Wouldn’t it be great if the States could run these parks and venues all the time? Who needs the Feds involved? Let the States make a profit for themselves by running these places much more efficiently!

    • CatHerder ✓fire! ✓fire!

      That’s the way it was supposed to be from the start.

    • GaryTheBrave

      Don’t you know the states can’t be trusted. They may succumb to the siren call of of selling that land to a developer. Only the beneficent Federal overlords can be trusted with such things. /sarc

  • JeffWRidge

    Let them eat carrot cake!

  • therantinggeek

    I wonder what the Leftists are thinking about this… #curious

    • Hcon1

      They only care about such things when it agrees with their agenda.

      Recall that during the days of Solidarity in Poland the Communists suddenly decided they weren’t for labor unions.

      • therantinggeek


  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    “Specials at Carrot Tree Williamsburg for October 11, 2013:
    Today’s Quiche

    Well, I’ll be damned– real men DO eat quiche– and proudly serve it!

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      #BobAndDougMacKenzie #RickMoranis #DaveThomas #SecondCityTelevision (…And, They’re Canadian! XD )#OccupyAmerica #OccuPatriots Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Republicanvet

    …but…it’s the LAW!

    Preezy Stompyfoot!!!

  • Blessed_Texan

    God Bless you and yours

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Occupy Wall Street WHO?!? WE ARE THE REAL OCCUPY AMERICA MOVEMENT!! Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Roadster73

    I think the republican congress people should go visit places like this, “hey, it’s the president who is in charge of the NPS through the department of the interior, not congress, we’re with you all”

  • Kele Johnson

    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
    – Edmund Burke #OccupyAmerica

  • peteee363

    if I lived closer I would go back. I was there over 10 years ago, very cool area to visit. I would love to eat carrot cake in my jail cell!

  • in_awe

    Saw in article in our local paper where two middle-aged CA women were cited by rangers for walking 25 yards into the Red Rock National Conservation Area outside of Las Vegas. They were cited for trespassing and creating a disturbance. The tickets are $250 each.

    The CBS Evening news last night showed NPS rangers ALLOWING people to walk past the gates to Rocky Mountain National Park, and offering them information.

    Wonder if the CBS story was staged to take heat off of Obama. Hmmm.

  • tjp77

    The first thing I thought of when I heard about all those people being told to leave their homes was ‘why should they’?

    As long as they own their homes and are in good standing with their contracts and creditors, what right does the federal government have to remove them? Because the government is in a partial shutdown and they happen to be on federal land? Please.

    If it had been me, I’d have told them to bring a SWAT team and see how well that plays on the national news.

  • RockThisTown

    Bravo, CTY!!!

  • Sorceress

    Whose country is this, anyway?! The government owns NOTHING. We the people own it all and we have the tax returns to prove it. When those whom we elected to represent us abrogate their responsibilities, they should be tossed out on their behinds. There should be no such thing as a career politician. This civil disobedience is really just the people reminding the politicians just who they work for and why shutting down the national parks is a truly bad idea.

  • copperpeony

    Shame on obama and his cretins. They kept obama’s golf course open but shut down everything the people enjoy.

    When is this country going to wake up and see that we are being ruled by a tyrant? Can you handle 3 more years of this?


    Fire all the cry babies in DC, they need to remember they work for us, not the other way around!

  • Moejoe

    Breitbart LIVES!

  • $25753324

    Let’s all send pacifiers and binkys to the Spitehouse.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    I’m convinced. We really need the fed to get bigger and more powerful so that we never have these problems again. We have these problems because government as of now must be too small and not have enough money from those 1 percenters.

    Fix it! Get real, get big! Go nanny state!

  • AlCashier

    how long are We the People going to allow OBAMA and reid to act like Hitler and himmler. in this case, obama is more insane than old Mad King George. and reid, we can easily imagine reid standing at “the showers” watching Americans being gassed.

  • Gary G

    This restaurant is haunted.