Shooter’s Grill in Rifle, Colorado, is a Second Amendment safe haven; a restaurant where the staff open carry and owner Lauren Boebert serves up tasty food with a heaping helping of support for the right to keep and bear arms. Unfortunately for Boebert and her staff, the restaurant (and all other restaurants across the state) were ordered closed by Gov. Jared Polis in his stay-at-home order issued in late March, which has crippled Boebert’s ability to make a living and provide employees with a paycheck.
Boebert says that’s why she decided to defy Polis’s order and reopen her restaurant several days ago with social distancing measures in place.
The fact that the restaurant is now serving customers indoors — contrary to what’s allowed under the orders of Gov. Jared Polis — only accentuates the restaurant’s Wild-West feel. It also reflects the defiant nature of its owner, also a Republican candidate for Congress, when it comes to what she sees as challenges to her constitutional rights and her ability to run a business without coming under the heavy thumb of government.
Lauren Boebert, a challenger for the 3rd Congressional District seat of incumbent and fellow Republican Rep. Scott Tipton, opened her doors to indoor dining Saturday, limiting customer numbers to 30% of capacity.
“I want Garfield County to be 100% open,” she told Garfield County commissioners this week.
She said she supported the first call by Polis to shut things down, but objected when he then kept extending restrictions even though she doesn’t believe the latest data on the threat posed by COVID-19 warrants that. She called the current infringements on business “absolutely unconstitutional.”