Shooters Grill staff packing six shooters while serving burgers Second Amendment-style

Guns welcome sign

Photo credit: Shooters Grill Facebook page

While establishments around the country are setting up gun-free zones, one Colorado restaurant is welcoming customers who are packing – and they’re waited on by armed servers.

The restaurant’s name: Shooters Grill, located in the gun-friendly town of Rifle.

Waitress Ashlee Saenz serves customers with a loaded Ruger .357 Blackhawk handgun holstered to her leg, Old West-style,and she knows how to use it, she told the Post Independent.

“Guns are welcome on premises,” a sign on Shooter’s front door says. “Please keep all weapons holstered, unless the need arises. In such cases, judicious marksmanship is appreciated.”

Shooters owner Lauren Boebert called herself a strong supporter of the Second Amendment.

“We encourage it, and the customers love that they can come here and express their rights,” Boebert told the Post. “This country was founded on our freedom. People can come in carrying their gun, and they can pray over their food.”

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Boebert and her husband, Jayson, opened the Western-themed restaurant a little more than a year ago. Its menu features American and Mexican food. Alcohol is not in the offing, and the décor and philosophy reflect Boebert’s strong faith..

“I consulted with my Christian friends, and everyone said ‘Shooters’ sounded like a bar or a strip joint,” she said. “But I thought, this is Rifle — it was founded around guns and the Old West. We called it Shooters and started throwing guns and Jesus all over the place.”

The restaurant offers training classes every other month so participants can qualify for a concealed carry permit in Colorado and Utah. The
sessions even include dinner.

In a town with a low crime rate, Police Chief John Dyer told the Post he likes Shooters’ business model.

“If it was a bar, I might be saying something different. But I have no problem with it,” he said. “And besides, they make a really good burger.”

Shooters staff

From left, Shooters staffers Ashlee Saenz, owner Lauren Boebert, Jessie Spaulding and Dusty Sheets stand in front of the business in their work attire. Photo credit: Christopher Mullen / Post Independent

H/T: Guns Save Lives

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek

Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs, political campaigns and PAC management for nearly 20 years.

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