Lauren Boebert’s gun-obsessed restaurant is facing an 'uncertain future': report
For far-right Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, owning a gun-themed restaurant in that state, Shooters Grill, has been a major promotional tool among fellow MAGA Republicans and members of the National Rifle Association (NRA). But according to Daily Beast reporter Roger Sollenberger, Boebert’s promotional tool may be in trouble: Sollenberger reports that Boebert’s restaurant is “facing an uncertain” future now that the new landlord of the property she has been renting has announced that he won’t be renewing her lease.
Sollenberger, in an article published by the Beast on June 23, describes the property’s new landlord as a “marijuana retailer.”
“As it stands, the landlord has told Boebert he will revoke the restaurant’s lease at the end of August, and send Shooters packing,” Sollenberger reports. “The rest is up in the air. Boebert told The Daily Beast that she and her husband, Jayson Boebert, had been surprised to receive the notice last week announcing that their lease would not be renewed. The building’s ownership changed hands last month, she said, and now, Shooters would either have to find new digs or shut down for good.”
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Sollenberger continues, “But the day after that notice arrived, an anti-Boebert political group somehow got word that the timeline was even tighter than that — two weeks, the group said, putting the possible ouster just days before Republicans hit the polls for primary day.”
Boebert’s far-right admirers in the MAGA movement have praised her for owning a restaurant, saying it shows that she isn’t part of the Washington, D.C. “elite.” But these are the same MAGA Republicans who have attacked progressive Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York City for having once worked as a bartender — a line of attack that was dumb even by MAGA standards. According to that MAGA logic, or lack thereof, owning a restaurant is respectable but tending bar is not.
Sollenberger notes that as of June 23, the Shooters Grill website is down — and that Boebert “didn’t explain exactly why her business was being kicked out” when interviewed by the Beast. According to Sollenberger, Boebert was undecided on how she would respond to the eviction.
“Boebert told The Daily Beast, at one point, that she and her husband were ‘at peace’ with ending their run, and did not plan to fight the order,” Sollenberger reports. “But as the plot thickened politically, she bought some time. Now, she says she’s entertaining two contradictory options: the original shutdown plan, or buying the building outright from the new owners. She won’t say which she and her husband are choosing until after the primary.”
Shooters Grill had a gun theme even before Boebert ran for Congress in 2020. The waitresses carry guns on their hips, and the menu includes items like a “Smith and Wesson Sandwich.”
Colorado has become one of the most marijuana-friendly states in the U.S., and Sollenberger reports that Shooters’ new landlords are heavily involved in the marijuana industry.
“The company that took over the Shooters building, Milkin Enterprises, was formed days before the purchase, according to Colorado business records,” Sollenberger notes. “And the two men on the Milkin Enterprises incorporation documents — Mike Miller and Dan Meskin — run a cannabis dispensary, Rifle Remedies, which until 2019, shared a street address with Shooters, according to state filings.”
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