Sea Bears restaruant staff (courtesy sltrib.com)

I’m a little confused as to why servers at Ogden, Utah’s Sea Bears Ogden Fish House wear kilts. But I have no doubt as to why they open carry. “Tony and Monika Siebers, of North Salt Lake, are owners of Sea Bears,” sltrib.com reports. “They’re also staunch supporters of the right to bear arms. As such, servers at the restaurant — which, thus far, have primarily been immediate family members — are invited to open-carry the firearm of their choice. ‘We support the Second Amendment,’ Tony said.” ‘Nuff said? How about this . . .

The 46-year-old says they’ve been open-carrying at the restaurant for almost a year now. He calls it a safety issue.

“It’s a downtown business dealing with money, we’re closing down at night, my wife has to get to her car out back,” Tony said. “So we just said, ‘Let’s get our concealed-carry permits.'”

And why not discourage armed robbery by open carry? According to the report, only two Fish House customers have complained. All customers are “allowed” to open carry, as well. As long as customers’ guns remain holstered, all is well.

Tony said they don’t often see open-carry customers in the restaurant, but he believes many of them are armed.

“Especially here in Utah, everywhere you go, there’s one or more person carrying,” he said. “You just don’t know, because they’re concealed. I’d say with about half of our customers, at least one person in the group probably carries.”

Guns carried by Sea Bears staff: Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 9mm, EAA revolver (or the SCCY 9mm) and Smith & Wesson .357 Magnums (“Collin prefers one with a longer barrel while Chase goes for the shorter barrel”).

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40 Responses to Utah’s Sea Bears Ogden Fish House Restaurant Features Kilt-Wearing Open Carry Servers

  1. Why not? There needs to be a shift in the view of firearms back to the day when it was expected you would be armed. As many people own firearms today as they ever have……they’re just afraid to show it as it has become taboo.

    • Good eye. Probably half of the small restaurants in the US serve the same Campbell’s commercial product as Subway.

  2. Downtown Ogden is lovingly referred to by many as the armpit of Utah. Don’t get me wrong, its a lovely safe haven compared to the slums of large US cities and legitimate holes outside the US. Several efforts are ongoing to eliminate the gang and drug elements. The Mormon temple seems to be a positive influence. It’s great to see establishments like this. – A fellow Scot near Otown.

  3. Unless you’re living in Scotland in the 17th or 18th century, and probably even then, if you’re wearing a kilt, you’re wrong, in oh so many ways.

  4. I must really be an OFWG-this just looks like goofy hipster crap. To me anyway. But open carry is cool…

  5. I am not sure I get the low quality holsters bit. way back in the day they were nothing but a leather flat wrapped around a gun with a loop over the top. it seems the more technology we have the more technology we have the more paranoid we become and how and what we do.
    Granted a really cheap holster made out of a piece of cloth could be a dangerous way to carry but even a basic holster for 10 to $20 that is reasonably made with a Loop and a snap to keep it secure is adequate if someone is paying attention to who is around them.
    I am not knocking you expensive super secure holsters by any means it’s just that in many cases I don’t believe they are necessary and someone carrying one that is not as expensive can be just as safe or even safer and someone who is caring a highly technologically made holster and as oblivious as to what is going on around them. as for the Kilts and guns I say fantastic !! When or if I ever make it out to Utah I will stop in there where their fish and chips

  6. Kilts are ridiculous. Especially the ‘tactical’ ones. You’re free, grown men, so wear what you like. I’m just gonna laugh at you, is all.

  7. “I’m a little confused as to why servers at Ogden, Utah’s Sea Bears Ogden Fish House wear kilts.”

    Because there’s no accounting for taste, really.

    With apologies again to The Blogfather: I, for one, want to live in a world where after closing for the night, tooled-up servers from Sea Bears & The Tilted Kilt can unwind & count their tips together wherever they like … with nobody making a fuss, because it’s nobody’s damn business but theirs.

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