A couple of weeks ago, I posed a question to the managers of two local Steak & Shake restaurants. I asked them if they knew whether or not customers were allowed to wear their firearms in the restaurants in those states where it is legal. They didn't know and suggested contacting "corporate".
In trying to find out, the Steak & Shake website lead me to Biglari Holdings, a company that also owne Western Sizzlin' steakhouses. There I found a street address so I wrote to ask them. Here is that letter:
Chairman of the Board & CEO
17802 IH 10 West, Suite 400
San Antonio, Texas 78257
Dear Mr. Biglari,
Recently, a manager in one of your Steak & Shake franchises was asked a question that he was unable (or unwilling) to answer. He suggested contacting corporate to try and find the answer.
In searching up the Steak & Shake website, there was no “Contact Us” option to be found. However, there was the link to Biglari Holdings, which also failed to have a “Contact Us” option, hence this letter.
In reading the information at the Holdings website, I came across this piece of information which may have a bearing on the question, particularly, the first two sentences.
III. Ethical Standards
A. Compliance with Applicable Law
Compliance with the law is essential to the Company’s ethical obligations. Covered Persons must obey the laws of the United States and of the states, counties and cities in which the Company conducts business. (emphasis added) While a Covered Person may not know the details of every rule and regulation to which the Company’s activities are subject, all such persons should know enough about the applicable law to know when to seek the help of a supervisor or the Company’s legal counsel.
Based on those two sentences, my question to you sir is, in the 49 States that allow either “Open Carry” or “Concealed Carry” of firearms, do your restaurants and franchises comply with those laws, or do you deny potential customers entry if they are lawfully armed? Remember, this applies only to those people that are already in compliance with the laws in their areas. Anybody intent on causing mayhem in one of your restaurants is most likely already violating the law in some fashion and no sign on the door is going to hinder them in any way.
I have no desire to see one of your operations in the news the way Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas did years ago, but if your restaurants do deny potential customers entry on that basis, it makes one wonder just how well that “compliance” is actually followed.
I ask you again, do your restaurants allow law-abiding customers to bring their firearms with them or not?
Last Friday, I got an answer. I scanned the letter and have attached it here for you to read.
I'm not quite sure what to make of it.
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