RIFLE,Colo.(KKCO)-- After receiving a cease and desist order Tuesday, and then getting a temporary restraining order on Wednesday, Shooters Grill owner Lauren Boebert decided to open up her restaurant again on Thursday morning- this time on the street.
Around the same time that my restaurant was served a cease and desist, Governor Polis was bragging to President Trump about Colorado opening for business.— Lauren Boebert for Congress (R-CO3) (@laurenboebert) May 14, 2020
This morning I decided to open on the city street because my employees still need paychecks.
I will not back down! pic.twitter.com/8oNXB5deqA
Unlike Mesa County, the Governor has not approved Garfield County for dine-in eating, which means they are only supposed to provide curbside pick-up and delivery.
Owner Lauren Boebert, who is also a candidate for the Third Congressional District in Colorado, told us the rule is unconstitutional. She opened up last weekend for dine-in service at 30% capacity.
Boebert was initially served with a cease and desist order Tuesday afternoon by law enforcement officials.
"I've been patient, followed all of the proper channels, and provided services in a safe and responsible manner using the same guidelines as neighboring Mesa County restaurants," says Boebert. "Yesterday, Governor Polis bragged to President Trump about Colorado opening, but the reality is that small business owners like me who don't have Washington DC lobbyists are getting crushed and being treated like criminals while big box stores are open for business."
According to Garfield County officials, Boebert continued to operate Tuesday night. She was open again Wednesday night, which is when Boebert was served with a temporary restraining order.
We’re told diners were allowed to finish their meals, but no additional customers were allowed back in.
The restraining order does allow Shooters to continue to provide curbside and take out service. It will remain in effect until a hearing on May 18th.
The Garfield County Sheriff, Lou Vallario, released a statement on the Garfield County Sheriff Offices Facebook page on Thursday morning.
Vallario addressed the issue with the restaurant, saying that some have started to challenge his belief and support of the Constitution.
In response, Vallario said, "Some have accused me of ignoring my responsibility to the Constitution. So, let me make this clear: I am a firm believer in our system of three co-equal branches of government and due process. These edicts issued by governors and health departments, in my opinion, violate those basic principals of our rule of law and violate our Constitution."
He also stated that he will not arrest anyone who violates the state's health orders, because the "rule of law and due process are absent."
To read the Sheriff's full statement, click below.