Houston-area barbecue restaurant giving discounts to open-carry customers

Trent Brooks, owner of Brooks’ Place barbecue trailer in the Cypress suburb of Houston, thinks the conversation surrounding the new open-carry law in Texas is a tempest in a teapot.

“People need something to be worried about,” Brooks told the Houston Chronicle.

To mark the law that went into effect January 1, Brooks is offering a 25-percent discount to customers who come in wearing their weapons in the open, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The popular barbecue trailer that has received praise from Chronicle critic Allison Cook and landed on Texas Monthly’s Top 50 list in 2013 had already offered 10 percent off to those who came in with concealed weapons. No word on whether those who come in with one on the hip and one inside the coat jacket get 35 percent off.

Brooks’ place, which is closed on Monday and Tuesday, even has an advertisement for concealed-handgun-licensing classes on its website (though the link is broken).

I have yet to hear of any Austin restaurants making similar offers, but I have compiled a list of many Austin restaurants that have opted out of open carry. See it here.






Author: Matthew Odam

Restaurant critic & features writer at Austin American @Statesman and @Austin360. Austin-born 6th generation Texan. Left-handed.

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