After Cajun restaurant Papa Roux was robbed Saturday night in Indianapolis, owner Art Bouvier decided that the proper response to deterring more bad guys with guns was to encourage even more good guys with guns to visit his restaurant, and so he’s offering concealed carriers a significant discount to dine at his establishment.
Bouvier said anyone who knows him knows he is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment, but he’s never made it a business issue. Until now.
“We’re not saying, ‘Show us your gun.’ But if you’re a legal and stable carrier of a concealed carry license, I’m going to reward that,” he said. “To me, it’s common sense. And until further notice, you’ll get 25 percent off your bill.”
The restaurant is popular with law enforcement personnel — and the presence of police vehicles in the parking lot can’t help but deter criminal activity, Bouvier said — but they won’t always be there.
Recent robberies of city bars and restaurants point to a new kind of desperation, Bouvier said, though there’s nothing linking the incidents.
Papa Roux may be the first Cajun restaurant in Indianapolis to offer a significant discount, but it is also part of an apparent trend in more enlightened parts of the country to offer armed citizens a reward for their perceived deterrent value.
Bergeron’s Restuarant In Port Allen, Louisiana, has been offer a 10% discount for over a year for open and concealed carrier and law enforcement officers, and a restaurant in Maryville, Tennessee made national news when their business boomed after posting pro-gun signage on their doors.
They’re all part of a trend towards pro-gun eateries nationwide, which has seen 57,000+ restaurants welcome those citizens who lawfully carry firearms for self-defense.
No wonder anti-gun Democrats sound so shrill as they realize that their tiny billionaire-funded movement is losing more support every day.