There’s a restaurant in East Tennessee called Shiloh Brew and Chew. While it sounds like a place to drink and smoke, the “brew” is for coffee, and the “chew” is for food. The owner admits it was probably not the greatest decision on her part to give her business a misleading name.
But she recently made another decision that is perhaps making up for any lost business. After reading about a restaurant in North Carolina that got robbed at gunpoint just two days after posting a gun-free zone sign, the owner decided to try the opposite approach, according to WBIR:
Gun control is a hot topic across the country, and one East Tennessee restaurant owner is making her opinion very clear by posting a ‘Guns are Welcome’ sign on the front door of her family-friendly establishment.
“As the owner, I wanted to stand my ground. I have that constitutional right. If you like it, that’s great, if you don’t, I’m sorry for you. I can’t change who I am,” said Sharma Floyd, with Shiloh Brew and Chew.
Floyd said she posted the signs about a month ago after reading a story out of North Carolina.
“They had put up a sign that said ‘No Weapons Allowed’ and they were robbed at gunpoint two days later. The convenience store manager was shot,” said Floyd. “And that got me thinking. I lost a whole group of motorcyclists because they thought I didn’t allow weapons. But I believe it’s ok to carry as long as you have a permit.”
The restaurant does not sell liquor, and Floyd said she asks anyone who orders a beer if they are carrying.
“If they say ‘Yes, I have an ankle strap on’, I say ‘Sorry, then you can’t drink,'” said Floyd. “We sell very, very little beer here, but we do offer it. I don’t have a liquor license. I won’t get a liquor license.”
She said while one man said he would not come back to her establishment, more than 20 new customers have come through her doors since she posted the signs on three doors.
“I can honestly say I’ve gotten way more support than the one person who really gave me a lot of grief over it,” said Floyd.
Friday, all of the customers in Shiloh Brew and Chew, many who are considered regulars, voiced support.
I guess that one person who gave her grief would rather be a sitting duck in a gun-free zone. To each his own.