Shooters makes transition from guns to golf clubs
Citizen Telegram Editor
From guns to grace, the owner of Shooters Grill in Rifle has now opened up a new restaurant at the Rifle Creek Golf Course called “Putters.”
But don’t expect to see the staff packing a piece as they famously have done at Shooters.
These servers are wearing black slacks and dress shirts in keeping with a “finer dining” theme of the restaurant.
“We don’t want to call it ‘fine dining,’ because we still want people to come in, even if they’re in jeans,” said Lauren Boebert, owner of the restaurant. “We welcome everyone — whether they have been golfing or just want to stop by and eat.”
Boebert’s first restaurant, Shooters Grill, located in downtown Rifle, literally shot to fame when it was discovered that she allowed, and even encouraged, her servers to carry weapons while on duty.
The notion made nationwide news and her business soared to new heights.
But this restaurant is different.
Shooters Grill does not serve alcohol, but Putters does. And although it is still legal for servers to open carry a gun, Boebert said she is not promoting it.
According to Rifle Police Chief John Dyer, carrying a gun while serving liquor is still legal, as long as the server is not intoxicated.
“They can carry a weapon, but they can not be intoxicated,” Dyer said.
Boebert isn’t looking for the same national sensation she received when Shooters Grill became infamous for its piece-packing servers. But the restaurant has plans for expansion.
She intends to open another Shooters Grill in Colorado, but also plans to build one in Utah.
“We’re definitely going to do Moab,” Boebert said.
Boebert and her husband, Jayson Boebert, will run the restaurants together.
Putters will have approximately 20 employees and is currently open to the public and is available for special occasions. For more information, call 987-9802.
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