Customers who visit his restaurant, Ellen's, in downtown Dallas near the convention center over the weekend will find that their receipts contain a message that says, "Thanks for visiting Ellen's! A portion of this week's proceeds will be donated to organizations dedicated to implementing reasonable and effective gun regulations. Welcome to Dallas!"
Groves wants people to know that he is not anti-gun or against the Second Amendment. “As the owner of a restaurant and as someone who cares about these issues, being pro-Second Amendment and being pro-safety are not incompatible," he said.
To no one’s surprise, Groves has received a lot of backlash from NRA supporters. Customers have been leaving bad reviews and calling and threatening to shoot up the restaurant. A lot of these protesters are taking to the internet to attack Ellen’s, including the NRA.
According to a post on his Facebook, Graves wasn’t sure at first what he should do when the NRA would be in town.
He clearly made a choice and is standing by it. But attacking a small, local business in a city where you are a guest is laughable and low, even for NRA supporters. On behalf of their staff, the restaurant later took to their Facebook to express their feelings on the responses they have been receiving and wanted to clarify that they “support finding solutions to the senseless killings that happen much too frequently.”
The restaurant has had a lot of people showing support of their stance.
They're probably in for a treat because GQ just called Dallas the next best new food city. Maybe the NRA and its supporters should think about what they’re going to say before they start attacking the city’s clearly thriving food scene.
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