The stink began when owners Darren Miller and Dean Patterson got a piece of certified mail.
“When they told me it was about us flying our flags I was devastated” Patterson told Fox News.
In the letter the city threatened to fine the men and their restaurant, CJ’s Hot Dogs in McDonough, Georgia.
Miller is a retired firefighter and Patterson is still a cop. The men decorated their restaurant with pictures, patches, and flags that honored those professions as well as every branch of the military.
But laws in McDonough classify flags as signs and that put the men in violation of code.
Miller isn’t about to back down.
"I've had enough of it," he said. "I'm tired of being pushed around for supporting our local men and women and I'm not going to be pushed around anymore."
It seems he has company. Since the news broke the restaurant has had near standing room only crowds and support from around the country.
City Administrator Frederick Gardiner now tells Fox News the ordinance is too vague and needs to be re-written.
Gardiner has also asked that the citations be revoked and any fines to the men vacated.