Owners John Holmes and Anouska Mayer are selling their truck and plan to pursue another dream: They’re moving to Holmes’ hometown of Martinsville, Va., to start a farm and, eventually, a farm-to-table restaurant.
“We started the food truck with the plan of starting a farm someday,” Holmes said. “It’s time to make that a reality.”
They made the decision in December to no longer serve made-from-scratch biscuits from the food truck. Mayer, who is engaged to Holmes, announced their plans to move via a Facebook post on Wednesday.
“John supported me two years ago to quit Southwest Airlines, where I worked for 15 years, and become a full time artist,” she wrote on Johnny's Facebook page. “So now it is time to follow more of our dreams to live a happy and fulfilled life.”
Holmes said he has dreamed about starting a farm because “it’s the only way to get the best, cleanest, healthiest food for customers."
“You have to farm it yourself,” he said. “ So, that’s what we’re going to do.”
Holmes moved to Charleston in the late 2000s and worked at Hardee’s for 11 years before starting his self-named mobile restaurant. He and Mayer appeared in an episode of “Big Food Truck Tip” that aired in October. On the show, they won $1,000 to put toward Johnny’s.
“We’re sad to be leaving,” Holmes said. “When we have enough stock from our own farm, we’re coming back to Charleston.”