TX: Brooks’ Place BBQ Offers Discount for Open Carry

By Dean Weingarten

TX: Brooks' Place BBQ Offers Discount for Open Carry
TX: Brook’s Place BBQ Offers Discount for Open Carry
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- The award winning Texas BBQ place in Houston, Brooks Place, LLC, offered a 25% discount for open carriers on the first effective day of open carry reform.

Brooks says that it is “not a political thing”.  I suspect he is right.  It is a business thing.  After the initial surge, the discount was reduced to 10%.  From yourhoustonnews.com:

There is a place where Houstonians can get BBQ at a discount simply for exercising their right to openly carry their gun. The BBQ trailer located in the parking lot with ACE Hardware and Kroger on FM 529 is owned and operated by Trent Brooks. He opened the food trailer in 2009 after he lost his job. Brooks’ Place BBQ is a popular smokehouse trailer located in Cypress that awards its’ customers a 10 percent discount for carrying their gun to the establishment.

“We support the second amendment. We want to reward those who protect themselves, businesses, families, and neighbors,” said Brooks. “I’m a business man, not a politician. It’s not a political thing. “

For a BBQ business, you may have great product, but you have to find a way to let your potential customers know that you exist.  Brooks Place has found a significant marketing niche.  A discount that costs him little; gains fabulous publicity that he could not possibly afford to buy (articles were run about his business in the Chicago Tribune and the LA Times), and attracts his target market.  Even Governor Abbott noticed, and sent out an approving tweet:

It is hard to see a Second Amendment friendly BBQ in Texas losing any significant business, while it is likely to bring in many customers.  Controversy actually helps.  An idiot threatened Brooks on facebook.  From houstonpress.com:

A facebook post claimed “I’ll shoot up the place on Saturday. Let’s see how your gun toting patrons will stop me.

Brooks  Facebook page is loaded with rave reviews and pictures of delicious looking meals.  He appears to be doing very well.

A poor second to attracting customers is not driving them away.  Most businesses can accomplish that by simply not posting any anti-Second Amendment signs.  There may even be a few businesses that attract customers by putting up signs to offend Second Amendment supporters; but it is clear that Second Amendment supporters outnumber disarmists by 3-10 to one, as measured by online polls.  Online polls may not be scientific, but they do a good job of measuring intensity.  When you are worried about attracting or at least, not offending, customers, intensity is what is important.

Legislators are encouraging the trend to be neutral.  In Texas and Arkansas, there are penalties for public officials who prevent people from exercising their Second Amendment rights without legal authority to do so.  In Wisconsin and Kansas, a measure of immunity against lawsuit is gained if the business allows the carry of weapons.

More and more businesses are finding that being Second Amendment friendly is good business.  There are numerous restaurants that offer discounts and a book store in Austin joined the ranks.  Early adopters like Brooks Place receive a disproportionate share of the benefits.

Definition of  disarmist

c2016 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included. Link to Gun Watch

About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Wild Bill

There is no sense that is common to all, troll, and I’m not the first one to spot you. Insults and name calling? The truth must really damage your bottom line. The proof is seeing the same name poo pooling conservative opinions at other sites. Regarding firearms being readily taken away: Every police officer and sheriff’s deputy engages in open carry. Regarding reading comprehension: “bear” in the Second Amendment means “carry”, as in carry on your shoulder or on your hip if you so desire. Now, if you will excuse me there are some good works in my community that… Read more »

Clark Kent

WOW! The truth hurts boys! Obviously both TX and Wild Bill failed reading comprehension 101. What is ‘nonsensical clap trap’ is believing your firearm can’t be readily taken away from you if you decide to open carry. The rest of the post from TX is too stunningly ignorant to dignify a response. And Wild Bill; PAID to respond? Where did you ever get that idea? Can’t you think of a better lame concept than that one? And since when is common sense ‘outrageous’? Tell you what, when both of you can respond on an intelligent and adult level on the… Read more »

Wild Bill

He is a troll that gets paid by how many responses that he gets to his outrageous comments. Responding pays him, ignoring him he gets no profit and goes elsewhere.


Every time there is a “positive” article about open carry there is a “Clark Kent” commentator that poo-poos all over it. Whenever I read this type of response I can’t help but think about all the Libtards that screech about the “Wild Wild West” and “shoot outs in the streets”. It is the same nonsensical clap trap but from the other side. I am not saying that what he suggest isn’t possible, or that shoot outs in the streets aren’t possible BUT history has tended to indicate in states that have allowed open carry for many years, that these things… Read more »

Clark Kent

Sure, carry openly if you want to be part of the ‘free gun zone’. Remember action ALWAYS beats reaction, and all it takes is someone in back of you to bop your noggin and now your handgun is theirs. And spare me the ‘situational awareness’ crapola unless you have eyes in the back of your head. Just because you CAN do something (like driving without a seatbelt) does not mean you should.


Brooks BBQ ain’t far from me. I will get over there and get a couples brisket sandwiches (one sliced,one chopped) this w/e ! I will have my Colt on my hip and get that good 10% off too !