RIFLE, Colo. (CBS4) – One restaurant in Rifle is living up to its name: customers are invited to bring their guns to Shooters Grill, reports the Post Independent.
“We encourage it, and the customers love that they can come here and express their rights,” Lauren Boebert told the paper. “This country was founded on our freedom. People can come in carrying their gun, and they can pray over their food.”
Even the staff is armed, with waitresses taking orders while carrying handguns in holsters strapped to their legs.
A sign on the front door reads, “Guns are welcome on premises. Please keep all weapons holstered, unless the need arises. In such cases, judicious marksmanship is appreciated.”
And if you don’t have a gun permit? No problem. The 55-seat restaurant also offers regular classes to qualify for a concealed carry permits for Colorado and Utah. The $75 price tag includes dinner.
Shooters offers American and Mexican fare but does not serve alcohol. The decor has a strong Old West flavor, with guns and cowboy art on the walls.
And customers seem to like it.
Wayne and Martha Greenwald are from a small town in Michigan. They fully support allowing people to carry guns in the restaurant.
“We think it’s just fine, we’re very positive about it,” Wayne Greenwald told the paper. “We carry guns ourselves and own a rifle, shotgun and handguns. We live in a very small town and we take care of our own crime problems. No one comes to Grand Marais to break into someone’s house.”
Owner Boebert says some have asked if the guns the workers carry are real or part of a costume. “No, they’re real and they’re loaded, and we know what we’re doing,” she said. “I fear for anyone who tries to rob us.”
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