After stickup, restaurant offers discount to customers who show this

After stickup, restaurant offers discount to customers who show this

Never having dined at Papa Roux in Indianapolis, I can’t attest to whether the jambalaya or Cajun bean chili pack the requisite heat, but I can tell you that, following a robbery Saturday, those dishes and all others will be served up at a discount to customers who do.

Art Bouvier, owner of the restaurant, is offering 25% off the listed menu prices to customers who can show a handgun license.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Bouvier announced the discount offer on Facebook shortly after the robbery, writing:

If thugs are going to come in and threaten OUR extended family with guns, you’d better believe I will use every trick I know to protect [them].

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The message received more than 1,000 likes by 1 p.m. Sunday.

According to Bouvier, the lone robber said, “I have a gun; I’m gonna need all the money out of your registers,” though the man did not show a weapon.

“I’ve told my employees that money is replaceable, your lives are not,” Bouvier said. “Everyone is a little shaken up today; my manager can’t shake the feeling of helplessness, but I don’t want her to fear this happening again.”

The article notes that Bouvier is a strong supporter of the Second Amendment but has 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 [handgun license], I’m going to reward that,” he said. “To me, it’s common sense.”

This is not the first time a restaurant owner has offered a discount to customers who are licensed gun owners. Another Louisiana restaurant (this one actually in Louisiana) took it a step further, offering 10% off the checks of customers who arrived at the restaurant armed. The offer was a backlash to restaurant chains that had instituted “gun-free zones.”

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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