Good riddance to bad rubbish.
While I feel sorry for the employees having to look for new jobs in the current job environment, I feel no sense of loss at Bill's Barbecue restaurants having all gone out of business. Not bad food. Condescending assumption of superiority and distrust of citizens and the rights of citizens.
Bill's Barbecue was one of the loudest anti-freedom voices in the General Assembly for years.
They were very anti-2A in the fight over carry in restaurants. They could have posted their restaurants and let other business owners make up their own minds. Nope. They knew best for everyone. They had to tell everyone, owner and customer, what to do. They took a very vocal position against lawful gun owners, across the board.
Hadn't touched their food for years. Not going to miss it or them now.
From WTVR.com: Bill’s Barbecue closing all restaurants this week | WTVR.com
More than one way to vote
As always, YMMV.
However, I don't support anti-RKBA businesses.
I don't support business owners that speak for gun control at the legislature or publicly in the press -- particularly those who allege that they represent all business (or in this case all restaurant owners). I support their freedom of speech. I support their right to be wrong.
IMHO, how much "influence" they have is very hard to measure. We got restaurant carry passed. Without his and a few other vocal anti-gun restaurant owners/managers, we may well have gotten liberty restored far earlier.
As to Chik fil A, I support folks' right to boycott -- that too is freedom. Furthermore, now that Chik fil A's owner appears to have agreed to include a statement of respect for all sexual orientations in an internal document and appears to have promised that his not-for-profit arm would not contribute money to groups that oppose gay marriage [ Chicago alderman reverses course, will allow Chick-fil-A - chicagotribune.com ] some on the other side of the issue are talking boycott. I support their right to do so, also.*
I give Starbucks my business. I avoid a local coffee outlet that opposes RKBA. I eat at Sal's and pass on Olive Garden. I ate at the now closed Bud Foster's Restaurant -- until Robert Hodges, who owned Bud Foster’s Restaurant, said that restaurant carry would put restaurant owners in an uncomfortable situation. Good steaks don't offset bad politics, IMHO. He lobbied, “I think this is the worst thing the legislation in Richmond could ever do to restaurants and bars." See: http://tinyurl.com/ydrv9pb I found good steaks, elsewhere.
Again, as always, YMMV. However, I vote with my feet and my $s -- as well as voting at the ballot box.
* Clarification: What I do object to is the goverment (think Chicago) trying to shut Chik fil A down because of the owners beliefs.