The owner of the restaurant must have earned her business degree at the David Hogg School of Economics. Three works after the boy wonder (he does make you wonder) launched his crusade to disembowel the NRA (aka “pathetic f*ckers that want to keep killing our children”), interest in membership in the organization surged 4900%.
Now Ellen’s, a southern-style diner in the city’s West End restaurant, decided to print the following message on its customer receipts for the duration of the convention:
Thanks for visiting Ellen’s! A portion of this week’s proceeds will be donated to organizations dedicated to implementing reasonable and effective gun regulations. Welcome to Dallas!
Many of the conventioneers must have felt welcome indeed, because many of them took to social media to let the world know what they thought about Ellen’s.
Here are just a few of the reviews by satisfied customers:
Attn @AnnualMeetings attendees. Steer clear of Ellen’s in downtown Dallas! Why go there when there are so many other great choices. ????#sorrynotsorry #StandAndFight #DefendTheSecond pic.twitter.com/joX7pPoPm4
— NRA (@NRA) May 5, 2018
— jhpranchdiva (@thegoreedetail) May 5, 2018
Gun control activists made their voices heard as well:
Everyone in Dallas: Go to Ellen’s!!! https://t.co/0hDsIEBOU5
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) May 5, 2018
In other words: if you are ever in Dallas, go out of your way to go to Ellen’s. Make sure you retweet this to support an establishment that the @NRA is purposefully trying to harm. https://t.co/upI6dA92Hb
— Nick Knudsen ???????? (@DemWrite) May 5, 2018
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) May 5, 2018
Ellen’s owner Joe Groves found himself in the unenviable position of having to try to clean up the mess he had created. After initially further antagonizing prospective out-of-town customers by writing on Facebook that he had overheard “vile, racist, moronic conversations” between convention-goers, he adopted a more “conciliatory” tone:
We believe in the 2nd Amendment. We also believe that patriotic people can come together to find solutions to end needless gun violence. That’s all we are proposing.
How’s that for not throwing water on the fire?