Waitresses All Pack Heat At ‘Shooters Grill’ In Rifle, Colo.

Shooters Grill, in Rifle, Colo.

In the small city of Rifle, Colo., there’s a restaurant called Shooters Grill. Inside, the waitresses are armed.

All nine of the establishment’s servers “pack heat as they shuttle plates of food to diners,” USA Today reported in an article on Tuesday. Menu items at Shooters include the “M16 burrito,” the “Swiss and Wesson grilled cheese,” and the “Locked and Loaded nachos.” A sign on the front door of the restaurant reads: “Guns are welcome on premises. Please keep all weapons holstered unless need arises. In such case, judicious marksmanship is appreciated.”

Lauren Boebert, the restaurant’s 27-year-old owner, said she started carrying a pistol on her hip at work a month after opening Shooters last year. Then her waitresses picked up the practice. The guns are kept holstered, with the safeties on. But they are loaded.

Boebert said she didn’t set out to make a statement.

“There’s no point to be made,” she told USA Today. “This is our way of life.”`

The restaurant doesn’t serve alcohol, and the waitresses have also all been safety certified to carry concealed weapons, even though they don’t need a special permit to carry openly, according to USA Today. Shooters also offers handgun safety classes. Just $75 gets you a four-hour seminar, plus dinner.

Read the whole thing here.

(Photo credit: 9News)

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