List of Austin restaurants opting out of open carry

Businesses banning open carry should have a sign like the one seen at the Alamo Drafthouse that references 30.07 of the penal code.
Businesses banning open carry should have a sign like the one seen at the Alamo Drafthouse that references 30.07 of the penal code.

As of January 1, people with the proper license are allowed to openly carry weapons in Texas. Private businesses are given the option to opt out and many Austin-area restaurants have done just that. (Read the Statesman’s Chuck Lindell’s excellent primer on What You Need to Know About Open Carry here.)

The following is a working list of restaurants that are telling customers that they are saying no to open carry:

  • 34th Street Cafe
  • ABGB
  • Alamo Drafthouse
  • Amy’s Ice Creams
  • Austin’s Pizza
  • Azul Tequila
  • Barley Swine
  • Bennu Coffee
  • Best Wurst
  • Blue Star Kitchen and Bar
  • Bufalina
  • Cafe No Se and Central Standard at South Congress Hotel
  • Capital City Bakery
  • Cedar Door
  • Chez Zee
  • Clay Pit
  • Counter Culture
  • Cover 2
  • Cover 3
  • Curra’s Grill
  • Dai Due
  • Dog & Duck Pub
  • Dos Chivos Mexican Kitchen
  • Driskill Grill, Driskill Bar and 1886 Cafe & Baker at the Driskill Hotel
  • East Side Showroom
  • Eleven Plates & Wine
  • Emmer & Rye (also banning concealed carry)
  • Enoteca
  • Fixe
  • Flores Mexican Restaurant
  • Food! Food!
  • Fore Restaurant (Lakeway)
  • Foreign & Domestic
  • Frank
  • Franklin Barbecue
  • Freebirds World Burrito
  • Freedmens
  • Fresh Cup Frozen Yogurt & Espresso Bar
  • Fuzzy’s Taco Shop
  • Galaxy Café
  • Grove Wine Bar & Kitchen
  • Gueros
  • Gusto Kitchen and Wine Bar
  • Hecho En Mexico
  • Hightower
  • Hillside Farmacy
  • Home Slice Pizza
  • Hopdoddy
  • Hyde Park Bar & Grill
  • Jack Allen’s Kitchen
  • Jardin Corona Restaurant
  • Jason’s Deli
  • Jim’s Restaurants
  • JuiceLand
  • Juniper
  • Kerbey Lane Café
  • La Condesa
  • The League Kitchen & Tavern
  • Lenoir
  • Licha’s Cantina
  • Lola Savannah Coffee
  • Luby’s
  • Lucky Robot Japanese Kitchen
  • Magnolia Cafe
  • Mary’s Pop Shop
  • Matt’s El Rancho
  • Maudie’s Tex-Mex
  • El Mercado
  • The Melting Pot
  • Monkey Nest Coffee
  • Moviehouse & Eatery
  • NoVa Kitchen & Bar
  • NXNW Restaurant and Brewery
  • Odd Duck
  • Olamaie (also banning concealed carry)
  • The Omelettry
  • Las Palomas
  • Papalote Taco House
  • Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen
  • Phil’s Icehouse
  • P. Terry’s
  • Pluckers
  • Prelog’s
  • Quack’s Bakery
  • Ramen Tatsu-ya
  • Royal Blue Grocery
  • Santa Rita Tex Mex Cantina
  • Sawyer & Co.
  • Serranos
  • Soup Peddler
  • South Austin Sno
  • South Congress Cafe
  • Southside Flying Pizza
  • Sputnik
  • The Steeping Room
  • Stubb’s
  • Sway
  • Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop
  • Tacodeli
  • Taco Cabana
  • Texas French Bread
  • Texas Roadhouse
  • Threadgill’s
  • Thundercloud Subs
  • Toasties Sub Shop
  • Toastie’s Subs
  • Tony C’s
  • Top Notch
  • Torchy’s Tacos
  • Trio at the Four Seasons
  • Uchi Restaurant Group
  • Vespaio
  • Via 313 (both open and concealed carry)
  • W Hotel Austin
  • Whataburger
  • Wright Bros. Brew & Brew
  • Yard Bar
  • Zen
  • Zocalo

This is not a comprehensive list. Any business who would like to be added to it can email me at, and please email me if you see signs up at other restaurants that are opting out of open carry.)

And, if you’re worried about open-carriers at your favorite bar, fear not. People are already prohibited from bringing guns of any kind into bars (any establishment with a 51% sign, meaning 51 percent or more of sales must be alcohol). reports that the following national restaurants are also opting out of open carry: Buffalo Wild Wings, California Pizza Kitchen, Chili’s Grill & Bar, Chipotle, Chuck E. Cheese, Flix Brewhouse Movie Theatre, Fuddruckers, Hooter’s, Jack In the Box/Qdoba Mexican Grill, Monterey’s Little Mexico, Panera, Shake Shack, Sonic Drive-In, TGI Fridays, Tortuga Mexican Kitchen and Waffle House.


Author: Matthew Odam

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

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