“We’ll do it indefinitely until they (NFL players) can have a conversation among themselves and maybe even include President Trump,” DeFries said in an interview. “When the national anthem is played, if you’re anywhere within earshot of that, you stop what you’re doing, and face towards the flag.”
“They need to pick the right time and place to have that protest,” he added. “We’re going to exercise our right to let them know that what they did was misguided.”
Instead of airing NFL games, DeFries said he will offer a 50-percent discount to all active-duty military and veterans on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays during all NFL games.
Asked how he will respond if his stance hurts his business, DeFries said: “We’re ready.”
He said he assured his servers and bartenders that he would compensate them “out of my own pocket” for any tips or gratuities they miss if business falls as a result of his decision.
Said DeFries: “Even though we may lose business, it’s important for us to be heard as well.”
Beef O’Brady’s is a restaurant at 3347 Seajay Drive in the Beaver Valley Shopping Center.
DeFries has owned and overseen Beef O’Brady’s restaurants in Centerville and Beavercreek for a total of nearly 14 years. He sold the Centerville location five years ago.