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A Downtown Dallas Restaurant Has a Message for NRA Convention Attendees

The owner of Ellen's restaurant in the West End has a message for NRA conference attendees eating at his restaurant this weekend.
The owner of Ellen's restaurant in the West End has a message for NRA conference attendees eating at his restaurant this weekend. Courtesy Joe Groves on Facebook
So far, the National Rifle Association and the 70,000 estimated attendees at this weekend's convention have received a warm welcome to Dallas. From the "NRA enables domestic terrorists" projected onto the convention center last night to the protests planned outside the convention all weekend, there are a lot of eyes on downtown.

Downtown restaurants stand to make a few extra bucks this weekend, and conference attendees who eat at one West End restaurant will find a message on their receipts: "Thanks for visiting Ellen's! A portion of this week's proceeds will be donated to organizations dedicated to implementing reasonable and effective gun regulations. Welcome to Dallas!"

Joe Groves, Ellen's owner, posted a photo of the restaurant's receipt copy on Facebook today.

"I’m making a list of the vile, racist, moronic conversations overheard from NRA attendees eating at the restaurant," he wrote. "They don’t even speak softly."

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Beth Rankin is an Ohio native and Cicerone-certified beer server who specializes in social media, food and drink, travel and news reporting. Her belief system revolves around the significance of Topo Chico, the refusal to eat crawfish out of season and the importance of local and regional foodways.
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