January 1, the new open-carry gun law in Texas took effect, allowing handgun license owners to carry their guns in visible holsters in most public places.
If you're a private business owner, however, you can opt out of open carry and ban guns in your establishment if you so choose. We got curious to know which Dallas restaurants would be serving a side of holster, and which ones wouldn't, so we did some digging. Chains including Starbucks, Chipotle, Jack in the Box, Sonic and Chili's have all banned guns, and locally, several restaurant owners already have their signage posted.
Some are more outspoken about their position on the matter. When asked, Matt Hamilton of Local Yocal replied that his establishment is "open carry welcome." Jack Perkins, owner of Maple & Motor and The Slow Bone, spoke with NPR and Fox Business about his decision to opt out of open carry at his restaurants:
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There are two separate signs to look for if a restaurant is opting out of open carry and opting out of concealed carry. And the private property owner is responsible for having the sign(s) created. I figured the signs would look something like this:
But apparently, Texas decided the signage had to be more specific than that. Here are the requirements of the signage, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety:
Here is a working list of Dallas restaurants reporting to us they are opting out of open carry:
All Good Cafe
Crisp Salad Company
Dallas Grilled Cheese Company
Filament (it should be noted that chef Matt McCallister says they are also banning "creepy clowns")
Front Room Tavern
Full Circle Tavern
Fuzzy's Taco Shop
Hard Rock Cafe
HG Sply Co
LARK on the Park
Maple & Motor
Mudhen Meats & Greens
Pints and Quarts
Saint Roccos New York Italian
The Slow Bone
The Wild Detectives