As of January 1, people with the proper license are allowed to openly carry weapons in Texas. Private businesses are given the option to opt out and many Austin-area restaurants have done just that. The following is a working list on restaurants that are telling customers that are saying no to open carry:
Counter Culture, Franklin Barbecue, Foreign & Domestic, Freebirds World Burrito, Galaxy Café, Jack Allen’s Kitchen, JuiceLand, Kerbey Lane Café, Lenoir, Matt’s El Rancho, Quack’s Bakery, P. Terry’s, Taco Deli, Texas French Bread, Thundercloud Subs, Torchy’s Tacos, Top Notch, Uchi Restaurant Group and Zocalo.
Austin-based Freebirds World Burrito had the following to say:
“Freebirds cares deeply about our employees and customers and has made the decision to not allow guests and staff to openly carry firearms in our restaurants. We intend to focus on what is most important to our brand; the delicious food and exceptional service that keep our guests coming back.”
This is not a comprehensive list. Any business who would like to be added to it can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and please email me if you see signs up at other restaurants that are opting out of open carry.
And, if you’re worried about open-carriers menacing folks at your favorite bar or a sports bar fight turning into a gun fight, fear not. People are already prohibited from bringing guns of any kind into bars (any establishment with a 51% sign, meaning 51 percent or more of sales must be alcohol).
GunFreeBusiness.com reports that the following regional and national restaurants are also opting out of open carry: Buffalo Wild Wings, California Pizza Kitchen, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Chipotle, Chuck E. Cheese, Chuy’s, Flix Brewhouse Movie Theatre, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Hooter’s, Jack In the Box/Qdoba Mexican Grill, Jason’s Deli, Luby’s, Monterey’s Little Mexico, Panera, Sonic Drive-In, Taco Cabana,TGI Fridays, Top Notch Burger, Tortuga Mexican Kitchen, Waffle House and Whataburger.