I entered a sushi restaurant on Friday night, with my wife and several other friends, after the Sabbath evening service at our synagogue. I removed my sport coat upon entering, to comply with Virginia's current law making it illegal to conceal carry in an alcohol serving establishment. When our waiter was taking drink orders, I ordered an alcoholic beverage. He asked if that was a gun he had seen while I was entering. I confirmed that I had a gun. He informed me that Virginia had just passed a law allowing me to carry a gun into an alcohol serving establishment as long as I didn't consume alcohol. I politely explained that the new law hasn't even been signed by the Governor, won't take effect until July when he does, and only bars me from consuming alcohol if I am carrying a concealed firearm. As I was open carrying, neither the current law nor the future law would apply to me. Another man at our table (he and his wife both CHP holders) confirmed what I said, as did another guy who's a lawyer. Suitably convinced, he brought me my drink order. He thanked me for enlightening him and I asked him if he wanted to go shooting handguns with me. He was delighted that I asked and is interested in doing so. In 4 1/2 years of carrying, this was the first time that I was denied service in any establishment. I feel good that it ended on a good note.
I can't control your replies but I'd like to request that we refrain from turning this thread into a "thou shalt not drink alcohol while carrying" discussion. I'd rather this be a discussion of your state's laws regarding carrying in restaurants or your experiences while so doing.