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Gun-friendly restaurant lives up to its name in Rifle, Colorado

Shooters Grill is located in Rifle, Colorado, because of course it is. (Image courtesy of Lauren Boebert)
Shooters Grill is located in Rifle, Colorado, because of course it is. (Image courtesy of Lauren Boebert)

If you’re looking for a solid cheeseburger with a side of gun-safety education, Shooters Grill has you covered.

Shooters, an American-style family restaurant in Rifle, Colorado (yep), is catering to the Second Amendment supporters as well as the lunch crowd. The waitresses here are armed. The patrons might be, too.

“We don’t worship guns,” Shooters’ owner, Lauren Boebert, told the Post in a phone interview Wednesday. “We worship Jesus. The gun thing just now turned into a big deal,” she continued. “Our food is what’s really been the talk of the town the whole year.”

For $75, patrons can get a deal that includes a firearms training class and dinner, according to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, and a sign outside tells customers that guns are welcome.

“Please keep all weapons holstered unless need arises,” it reads. “In such case, judicious marksmanship is appreciated.”

How’d Shooters get it’s name? Glad you asked! Here’s Boebert again, explaining it to the Post Independent:

“I consulted with my Christian friends and everyone said ‘Shooters’ sounded like a bar or a strip joint,” Boebert 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.”

About six members of Shooters’ nine-person wait staff regularly open-carry firearms in the restaurant, Boebert, 27, told the Post. They’re all required to undergo training.

“It’s so common that I can’t believe this story is this big,” she said. “It’s part of our everyday life here.”

In case you were wondering, Shooters has earned 4 ½ stars on Yelp, and has a 95 percent approval rating on Urbanspoon. Boebert recommends the burgers, and there’s breakfast served all day.

“We think it’s just fine — we’re very positive about it,” customer Wayne Greenwald, of Grand Marais, Michigan, told the Post Independent. “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.”

Greenwald wasn’t alone. Boebert said she’s never had a complaint about the policy, and the local police chief in Rifle, a town of about 9,200 people, said he doesn’t have any concerns, either. (“If it was a bar, I might be saying something different,” chief John Dyer said, according to the Post Independent.)

“I’m from Texas,” another diner, Robert Vedrenne, told USA Today. “This is normal.”

Sarah Larimer is a general assignment reporter for the Washington Post.

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