Indianapolis restaurant offers discount to legal gun owners

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An Indianapolis restaurant owner is offering a 25 percent discount to people licensed to carry handguns after his business was robbed.

Art Bouvier announced the discount on Facebook Saturday night, shortly after the robbery at his Cajun restaurant Papa Roux.

“I don’t want Papa Roux to turn into the O.K. Corral, but I don’t want to be an easy target,” Bouvier told The Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/1WdgIvg ).

It’s unclear how much money was taken. No one was injured. Bouvier said his employees handled the situation like pros and that none of his customers even knew the restaurant was being robbed until the robber had left. Legal gun owners with licenses to carry handguns will be offered the discount until further notice, he said.

Some longtime customers have told Bouvier they’re upset with his decision. He said that’s “a little disheartening.” The restaurant has been open eight years.

“They’ll go out to eat with the possibility that a criminal will bring a gun in, but they’ll stay away if they think customers might be carrying,” Bouvier said. “That’s weird to me.”

Indianapolis police said about a half a dozen city restaurants and bars have been robbed this month.

“This case appears to be an isolated event, and there is nothing indicating at this time that this is related to the other business robberies,” said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Rafael Diaz Jr.

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This story has been corrected to reflect that Indiana issues licenses to carry handguns, not concealed-carry permits.

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