Louisiana restaurant offers strange discount

Students taking culinary school online may want to make a  note of a small restaurant in Port Allen, Louisiana. Regardless of where your politics on the issue may fall, Bergeron’s Restaurant has earned themselves quite a bit of media attention recently by offering a discount to certain customers that is untraditional, to say the least. According to The New York Post, the establishment has begun offering a 10 percent discount to any and all clients who enter the premises carrying heat.

The discount
In case you’re wondering, you aren’t misinterpreting that statement. Bergeron’s owner Kevin Cox has indeed implemented a policy which rewards customers who enter his restaurant with a firearm by taking 10 percent off of their total check. While many restaurant owners might be more concerned with how to keep guns out of their restaurants, Cox seems to be of the opinion that he’s doing his establishment and his patrons a favor from a safety perspective. He reinforced this sentiment in speaking with the Post.

“I keep hearing so much about people banning guns,” said Cox. “Target’s banning guns and these people are banning guns. Don’t they realize that’s where people with guns are going to go? I want to take the opposite approach, how can I make my place safer?”

While one might expect this sort of promotion to negatively impact a family establishment, it seems to be doing a bit of good for Cox and Bergeron’s market base. Cox indicated to the New York Post that he’s been giving out roughly 15 to 20 discounts per day, on average. The restaurant, which specializes in serving southern cuisine and cajun delicacies such as shrimp gumbo, seems to attract a clientele who appreciate both the discount and the ideology behind it. For example, Olivia Carambat said that eating lunch with her .38 Smith & Wesson served as a reminder of her constitutional rights.

“There’s so many people who are trying to take our guns away and the government makes stricter gun control laws. They forget that we really do and that we’re given the right in the Constitution to keep and bear arms,” said Carambat.

Other instances
Cox and the rest of the staff at Bergeron are certainly not the first culinary-inclined individuals to share a passion for food and firearms. The appropriately named Shooter’s Grill in Rifle, Colorado, made headlines earlier this summer after news broke that every staff member on payroll at the establishment carried a firearm. That story breaking curried much support from gun advocates, including one former member of the armed services who contacted Shooter’s management and offered to purchase a firearm for any waitress who didn’t already have one. According to CBS News, Shooter’s even took the love for firearms one step further by offering a “Sidearm Sandwich Special.” For just $75, the restaurant will serve you up one of their signature burgers as well as a course on how to go about obtaining a concealed carry permit.

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