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February 12, 2010

Buckhorn Grill regrets allowing Open Carry members to gather at its restaurant last Saturday

As other media outlets and I reported, up to 100 members of Bay Area Open Carry, wearing unloaded guns and ammunition clips strapped to their belts, turned up at Buckhorn Grill in Walnut Creek's Plaza Escuela last Saturday to enjoy a meal and to demonstrate their legal right in California to openly bear arms.

The meetup of Open Carry, a loosely organized group of gun advocates, was initially planned for California Pizza Kitchen, but the group learned from CPK that they were not welcome. They changed their meetup location to Buckhorn Grill after receiving permission from the management.

Well, now the management of the Buckhorn Restaurant Group is regretting that decision and is issuing this apology to customers, which a reader passed along to me:

To our Customers:

Buckhorn Grill would like to apologize for some misunderstanding about our “no weapon policy” in any of our restaurants. We have not in the past nor shall in the future allow weapons in our restaurants from our employees, vendors or customers.


We made an exception on February 6, 2010, and regret this decision now. We were misled with some facts. The local police were involved and we knew none of the weapons were loaded, but it still caused tension with the large mob of people arriving as a group instead of individually. It was supposed to be a group luncheon, and it turned into a meeting. It was an organized propaganda meeting with an agenda. Flyers were handed out and none of this was Okayed with management. There were supposed to be only 50 people, and at least 100 were there. We were told that the luncheon would be an hour, and it turned into two hours We only have about 70  seats, so some of our customers had no place to sit.

We apologize for any inconvenience to our regular customers, it will not happen again. We want to have a safe place for you to dine, and a safe place for us to work. Thanks for your support and understanding.


Tom McLaughlin,
Regional Manager


John R. Pickerel, Owner
Buckhorn Grill

48 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was annoyed at first when I read this but looking at it from the business's point of view I see their concern. Normal dining time is probably 20 to 30 minutes. That means, conservatively, that the business lost 210 potential customers that day (70 seats taken for 2 hours where normally they'd turn over 3 more times). At an average of $12 per diner, that comes to around $2500 in business lost. The actual loss was almost certainly less when you factor in the extra people and take-out business but I still see their position. As a business owner myself I totally sympathize.

Anonymous said...

Aha! Very interesting.

To me, the fact that the Open Carry people misled the restaurant management about their plans is further proof of the lack of integrity on the part of the Open Carry movement, which still strikes me as one of the goofier reactionary movements I've seen come down the pike in a long time.

Anonymous said...

I'm curious: how did the Open Carry crowd get to the restaurant? Did they drive, in which case is a weapon then considered concealed because it is in a car? Do they carry it on the seat or dashboard? What would a cop do is they were stopped for a ticket? What if some came on BART, how would that work?

Seems at some point the guns are concealed, and illegal.

Anonymous said...

Transporting guns in your trunk or a lock box is legal. I don't really care that they were there for two hours, big deal. Now the management wants to play the other side and apologize for their invited guests. I go there and this is PR work by John. The restaurant was standing room only so they did not lose any business.

I do not think people need to wear guns, but I also don't agree with everything free speech covers when it comes to racism. Do are covered by our constitution.

Anonymous said...

"I do not think people need to wear guns, but I also don't agree with everything free speech covers when it comes to racism. Do are covered by our constitution."

...ooookay

Anonymous said...

So you don't agree with everything when it comes to racism? Do you want to tell which parts of racism you do agree with?

Anonymous said...

LOL @ concealment. Having a gun in your car is not illegal, or considered "concealed". Just put it in its case in your trunk, unloaded.

Anonymous said...

wow, CPK's decision is looking pretty good right now.

the headline should read "buckhorn grill regrets (after many people complained) allowing...

they knew what they were getting into, they knew the publicity this would cause. How can they be so shocked now? Did they think this group would come in, have lunch, and leave like normal patrons? This was on Crazy in Suburbia, Claycord, other blogs, news, etc.
Buckhorn I am sure had some idea of what would happen - they aren't that naive.

Anonymous said...

Buckhorn Grill managment should be fired. First for not following policy (if that policy really was in place). Second for being such ninny nannies that they produced this PR letter.

Anonymous said...

Buckhorn Grill makes a great salad. I prefer my salad without a side of political posturing so good for the Buckhorn.

Anonymous said...

Tom can shove his apology.

LeftCoast said...

Anon at 12:59

Why? Why can't he change his mind based on what occurred vs what he thought would occur?

David said...

Just found your site and enjoying the interaction. Might have to try the Buckhorn grill. Don't care about the politics of guns or not just good food.

Anonymous said...

Meanwhile, I just read on the claycord blog that some idiot with an unloaded gun was arrested inside a local theater. He claimed to be part of the Open Carry movement. What a brainiac. This is the kind of stupid stunt the Open Carry movement breeds.

Anonymous said...

Buckhorn Grill sure enjoyed the publicity and getting their little hole in the wall on the evening news and in local blogs like this one. Then they backtrack and backstab the people who got them the publicity in the first place. They are complete cowards.

LeftCoast said...

Anon at 4:42 they didn't bring the publicity, you did (I am assuming you are an open carry member). They would have been fine without you and have been for years. Maybe it was the behavior of the group that caused the issue and the fact that the group is the one seeking the attention not the restaurant that is the problem. I applaud them for "manning up" listening to the community and admitting a mistake. Truth be told 99% of the public is against you.

W.C. Varones said...

There were supposed to be only 50 people, and at least 100 were there.

The spirit of liberty is alive in WC!

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