Rep. Lauren Poubert Shooters Grill in Colorado is closed


Shooters Grill, the gun-themed restaurant where servers bristled with the heat that helped drive its hard-line owner into the halls of Congress, served up another Swiss & Wesson burger over the weekend in a small Colorado town named, appropriately enough, Rifle.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent published a story on Wednesday that said Representative Lauren Poubert, a Republican from Colorado’s 3rd congressional district, had closed her restaurant on Sunday. Along with the story, reporter Ray K. Erko photo outside Shooters Grill. There was a sandwich panel blocking the entrance. It was written in chalk: “Thanks for the support. Stay tuned. #covfefe.” The last word, of course, was a reference to former President Donald Trump’s infamous late-night typo.

The news of the restaurant closing was not a surprise. Poubert had told reporters in June that the building’s new owners had decided not to renew her lease. Records from Garfield County, where the Rifle is located, indicate that the building that housed the Shooters sold out on May 26, two days after the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two adults.

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The shutdown was the same day Boebert went to Fox News and said, “When 9/11 happened, we didn’t ban planes, we secured the cockpit.” The new owner, a company called Milkin Enterprises, shares an address with another local company, Green Cross Recreational dispensary, which sells a wide range of flowers, foods, cartridges, and other THC and CBD products.

Milkin Enterprises owners Mike Miller and Dan Miskin haven’t provided many clues as to why they gave the boots to Boebert and Shooters Grill. They declined interviews. The Washington Post called the Rifle Infirmary (and its sister location in Sylt, Colorado), in search of owners. The Post also sent an email account to Meskin that is in public records. Neither Miller nor Miskin responded.

But when news of the possible closure of Shooters Grill surfaced, the Daily Beast reported that “a person familiar with the arrangement said the property manager felt he had a ‘moral’ duty to close the business.” The same story also said that Poibert rejected the idea that the new owners, one of whom was the son of the previous owner, were politically motivated to close her business. Boebert’s office did not respond to a letter seeking comment on the closure.

Whatever the reason, the western restaurant has snagged until sunset after nearly 10 years.

“We were like a family,” Poubert told Post Independent’s Erku. “I would say Shooters, for any employee, have been their lives. We were living and breathing it every single day. They were part of this culture and the brand we created at Rifle, and there was a lot of pride in that.”

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The shooters opened in 2013 at a location across the street from the current location. The grill looked like a salon straight from the central casting. The floors were hardwood, the walls decorated with guns, knotted pine, crucifixes, pro-arms banners, and American flags, including one printed with an oath of allegiance. A sign was placed in the front window, advertising the position of the restaurant in the open carry case and positioning itself as a safe place for the MAGA crowd.

“Warning,” the sign was written in large letters, “This is Not Weapon free zone. “

Scrolling through the restaurant’s Yelp page photos proves the point: Several customers have taken pictures inside the dining room, or outside the grill, their hands hovering over a pistol strapped to their hips, as if they were ready for a quick pull. The servers, often young women in T-shirts and jeans, also carried firearms, which likely explains why many journalists have dubbed Shooters Grill a Hooters a parody of Second Amendment die-hards.

His menu has borrowed language from gun manufacturers, the National Rifle Association and Central America, often turning words into food-related puns. The restaurant sold a Guac Nine and Swiss & Wesson burger. Roger Robin offered. Appetizers are listed under “Practice Target”. The children’s list was dubbed Lil Slingers. There was a prayer to “God’s Father” at the bottom of the list.

God’s Message and Guns would carry over to Boebert’s political career when she was elected to Congress in 2020. She has been a staunch advocate of gun ownership, rejecting any calls for bans or surveillance, even after the mass shootings. When she began her first term in the House of Representatives, Boebert said she would carry her Glock pistol in the Capitol and in Washington, even though D.C. gun laws do not recognize concealed carry licenses from other states.

She made a fuss last month at a religious service in Colorado when she said, “I’m sick of this unwanted separation of church and state not provided for in the Constitution. She was in a stinking speech, which means nothing like what they say about it.” Experts described her interpretation of the constitution as wrong and “dangerous”.

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A photo on the business’s Yelp page shows a plaque dedicated to the Shooters Grill opening on May 22, 2013. It contains a quote from the proverbs, written that mixes the manuscript with all capital letters: “Your plans will succeed.”

However, shooters have struggled over the course of its existence. According to Boebert’s public disclosure statement, Shooters lost more than $242,000 in 2018. The Daily Beast reported that public disclosures indicated that Shooters lost “more than $600,000 in total between 2018 and 2020”. The restaurant also collected nearly $20,000 in unpaid unemployment insurance premiums, which Boebert reportedly paid days before the general election in 2020. The shooters also reportedly made dozens of people sick at rodeos using pork sliders.

Despite the odds and the fact that she easily won the Republican primary in June, Poubert did not give up on the Shooters. She told the Post Independent that she and her husband, Jason, had been praying for the company’s future.

“We’re going to downsize it significantly, because obviously we’re not in a building,” she told the newspaper. “It might look like a Shooters Café with pastries, some merchandise, and easy breakfast sandwiches.”

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