INDIANAPOLIS — A New Orleans native who runs a popular Cajun eatery in Indianapolis, motivated by a recent robbery at his restaurant, is offering a 25 percent discount to concealed-carry permit holders.
Art Bouvier announced the discount on Facebook Saturday night, shortly after the robbery at his Cajun restaurant, Papa Roux, which has been serving up a little slice of Louisiana in the Midwest for eight years.
“I don’t want Papa Roux to turn into the O.K. Corral, but I don’t want to be an easy target,” Bouvier told The Indianapolis Star.
It’s unclear how much money was taken. No one was injured. Bouvier said his employees handled the situation like pros and that none of his customers even knew the restaurant was being robbed until the robber had left. Legal gun owners with concealed carry permits will be offered the discount until further notice, he said.
Some longtime customers have told Bouvier they’re upset with his decision. He said that’s “a little disheartening.”
“They’ll go out to eat with the possibility that a criminal will bring a gun in, but they’ll stay away if they think customers might be carrying,” Bouvier said. “That’s weird to me.”
The gun policy is similar to one instituted in September 2014 by Bergeron’s Restaurant in Port Allen, which offered 10 percent discounts to gun-toting customers.
Owner Kevin Cox, who offered the deal as a declaration of his support for the Second Amendment, reported at the time a 15 percent spike in his business after news of the discount spread.
On Monday, The Star reports, Pap Roux opened to unusually heavy crowds that showed up not just for the crawfish jambalaya, but to support Bouvier’s stance on guns.
The crowd included restaurant regular Justin Stauffer, 19, and his friend and first-timer Hunter Bowman, 20. Both said they had permits and were packing — Justin a .45-caliber Glock, and Hunter a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson.
Stauffer said he appreciates the Papa Roux gun policy, which he finds unusual. “There’s a few restaurants where I go where I have actually been asked to leave or go put my weapon in the car or they weren’t going to serve me,” he said.