Barrio Cafe, Jamburritos, Rocco's in Tucson, and Other Arizona Restaurants Take Stance on Controversial Anti-Gay Bill

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Rocco's isn't the only Arizona restaurant sharing management's feelings on Arizona's newest legislation.
Chances are, over the weekend, you saw a photo from Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria pop up in your Facebook news feed, along with more than one deprecating article or Jon Stewart video. Arizona's House Bill 2153 and Senate Bill 1062 have been causing a stir since its passage last week with petitions being formed left and right for Governor Jan Brewer to veto the bills. That's when Rocco's weighed in on the issue with a simple, funny, and poignant sign to get its message across.

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Rocco's posted a sign in response to the bill saying that it "reserves the right to refuse service to Arizona legislators." Most restaurants and food-service companies tend not to take political stances in relation to operating their businesses (not counting Barilla pasta, of course), but the new bill pushed Arizona businesses to comment on their new "right to discriminate."

The pizzeria said on Twitter that "as a longtime employer and feeder of the gay community, Rocco's reserves the right to eject any state Senators we see fit to kick out." Rocco's then followed up that statement by saying "all we are saying is give pizza a chance" in a subsequent post. The business also changed their marquee street sign to say "live free or die hungry."

However, Phoenix-area businesses have been weighing in on the issue too. Barrio Café posted on its Facebook that they "serve equality for all."

Crescent Ballroom has posted links to the petition, as well as saying, "We at the Crescent Ballroom believe that music and art are for all people to experience and no one should ever be discriminated against regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation" on Facebook last week.

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Local First, a community coalition of many area local businesses including restaurants and retail spots, even posted a flyer for businesses to share that says they are "Open to Business for Everyone," which features the state's flag as a backdrop and was created by ONE Community. Several restaurants reposted this flyer, including Jamburritos Cajun food truck, in opposition to the bill.

Are you a local restaurant or cafe owner in Phoenix? How do you feel about the recently passed bill?

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Jamburritos

, Phoenix, AZ

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Barrio Cafe

2814 N. 16th St., Phoenix, AZ

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Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music


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Muyska Santa Fe
Muyska Santa Fe

People, the group behind SB 1062 is the Center for Arizona Policy. It is time to focus your energies and expose this hateful organization. They need to be shut down......they have no place in our peaceful society. They ride on the coat tails of "Tax Free" religious groups and are hate mongers. Keep an eye on them....That is where you will find the source of the negativity in Arizona. Change is made with love, not hate. Be that person, even if you're standing alone at first.

Cherie Pancoast
Cherie Pancoast

And we reserve the right to not spend our money there! Bigots!

Irma Codd
Irma Codd

All those businesses who at open to anyone willing to pay will get a lot more business. See how they like that

Morgan Glassco
Morgan Glassco

Kelly Remaklus Mahoney I understand stand spirit of what you're saying but it's a slippery slope. Don't you believe it would be odd that they couldn't deny employment based on religion but then could deny them services?

Morgan Glassco
Morgan Glassco

Let it happen. Then we'll see people's true colors and we can do) unite to boycott and drive their business under.

FACTUAL52
FACTUAL52

Chances are we saw it? How can we NOT have seen it. all you do is talk about the place, is he your brother in law? The sign was fine, however it would have held MUCH more weight had it been on a business where a Legislator actually had a chance of seeing it. How daring of them to risk losing business that they never had a ghost of a chance of ever getting in the first place. I think I will put a sign on my front door saying we reserve the right to refuse service to George W Bush and members of his family, makes about as much damned sense!!..

Victor Hoelscher
Victor Hoelscher

Chances are we saw it? How can we NOT have seen it. all you do is talk about the place, is he your brother in law? The sign was fine, however it would have held MUCH more weight had it been on a business where a legislator actually had a chance of seeing it. How daring of them to risk losing business that they never had a ghost of a chance of ever getting in the first place. I think I will put a sign on my front door saying we reserve the right to refuse service to George W Bush and members of his family, makes about as much damned sense!!

G Bø Tta
G Bø Tta

Why is Janny Jan sleeping on it?

pca2002002
pca2002002

It never occurred to me to ask about sexual orientation before a customer orders ... still doesn't.

Jan Carney
Jan Carney

Take a stance its a Slippery slope people When you Say you are Refusing Service but do not respect the Rights of others to do the same.

rockbottom
rockbottom

What's the difference between the Grand Canyon and Arizona State politics? One is a big, empty hole routinely navigated by trained jackasses. The other is the actual Grand Canyon.  

Flyer9753
Flyer9753 topcommenter

@rockbottom  "trained jackasses" You are giving way too much credit (trained) to our states republicans

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