The owner of Shooters Grill in Rifle — who opened her restaurant in defiance of Gov. Jared Polis’s safer-at-home order and continued to operate after her own county’s cease-and-desist order — says Garfield County has now suspended her food license.
In a Friday night Facebook video, owner Lauren Boebert — who’s also a Republican congressional candidate — said she was notified by county health officials shortly after 5 p.m. that her license had been suspended.
“We are not serving food until I meet with them Monday morning at 9 a.m.,” Boebert said in the 30-second video, holding up papers from the Garfield County Public Health Department as she spoke.
County health officials could not immediately be reached for comment.
Boebert made waves when she opened her restaurant last week to dine-in customers despite a statewide mandate that allows only pickup and delivery. On Tuesday, county officials served her with a cease-and-desist order, but Boebert continued to serve customers inside her restaurant, which is known for encouraging staff members to be armed as they work.
When the restaurant continued to operate, Garfield County served her with a temporary restraining order. Boebert then assembled tables and chairs outside to continue serving customers.
“Governor Polis, your policies are literally bankrupting small businesses like mine that are trying their very best to responsibly stay afloat,” she wrote Friday on Facebook. “This has to stop.”
Shooters Grill is one of a small handful of Colorado restaurants that have disobeyed the statewide order, prompting clashes with local health departments.
C&C Coffee and Kitchen in Castle Rock was shuttered after the restaurant drew national attention over a viral video showing large Mother’s Day crowds and a lack of social distancing.
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