15% discount if you pray in public at this NC restaurant

When you dine out, do you say grace?
I do! Even though — correction: especially because — I live in a bastion of the Left, aka the Belly of the Beast. LOL
Benjamin Fearnow reports for CBS Charlotte, Aug. 1, 2014, that a restaurant in Winston-Salem, NC, Mary’s Gourmet Diner, rewards public prayers by taking  15% off the bill of any diner who pray in public over his/her meal.
This became news when Jordan Smith dined there and took a photo of her receipt which was shared on the Facebook page of a Christian radio station in Orlando, FL.
Mary's Gourmet Diner receiptThe photo quickly received thousands of shares, which prompted the restaurant to confirm on its own Facebook page: “Yes, if we see you praying, you get 15% off your bill.”
Smith told HLN Television that she and three other people at her table “talked about how wonderful that is and what a cool thing it is that they do [that] as business owners.” She said her group at the diner simply “prayed over our meal and the waitress came over at the end of the meal and said, ‘Just so you know, we gave you a 15% discount for praying.’”
Smith said she’d never seen or heard of such a “Praying in Public” discount before. She was surprised by the thousands of shares and likes on Facebook, “I just honestly posted it to my Facebook page and it’s been really fun to see where it’s gone from there.”
Mary’s Gourmet Diner is grateful for the publicity and posted “Thanks!! We could use some blessings!!!!!!!” on their Facebook page.
Mary's Gourmet Diner
Here’s contact info for Mary’s Gourmet Diner, formerly called Breakfast of Course:
Location: 723 Trade Street, Winston-Salem, NC, 27101
Phone : (336) 723-7239
Email : hello@marysgourmetdiner.net
Click here for their hours

UPDATE (Aug. 10, 2014):

Mary’s Gourmet Diner has discontinued the discount after atheists from the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote a letter to the diner saying the discount was discriminatory and a violation of the Civil Rights Act. (Source: Clash Daily)
H/t FOTM’s CSM
~Eowyn

Please follow and like us:
0
 

0 responses to “15% discount if you pray in public at this NC restaurant

  1. Yes, if we see you praying, you get 15% off your bill.”……I know that is great and all, but I only deeps care if my Father hears and sees me… not the public. 🙂

     
    • I’m baffled. Why do you regard those who pray over their meals in a restaurant to be showing off? I say grace when I dine out, not to show off, but because I refuse to change my entirely proper behavior just because I’m dining out. I will not be intimidated.

       
      • Gentle Doc,
        Perhaps my sentiments were misunderstood? Sometimes one can not intend the emotions of the writer as we do sometimes write in haste without thoughts of others reading. I only wished to convey that no monetary substance was needed in order to pray as I do the same with my brood. 🙂 I am sorry for any misunderstand you may have felt. You are very kind to point this out to me.

         
  2. Fantastic! Thanks for sharing this, Dr. Eowyn….

     
  3. I think it’s great. More people need to be thankful for the blessing that they have and seeing someone pray in a restaurant can be a great reminder of that.

     
  4. So thankful I was taught to pray before each meal. I love the assurance that I have that the Lord hears me and protects me from anything that might harm me.

     
  5. “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 6:1)
    “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.…” (Matthew 6:5)

     
    • Peter,
      Context. Context!
      Those injunctions were made against the Pharisees who made a show, a public demonstration, of their piety — which our Lord Jesus the Christ read in their hearts as trying to show they’re better than others, the sin of vanity and pride.
      I do not appreciate your equating the Pharisees with quietly and humbly saying grace before a meal at a restaurant. By your “logic,” there should be *no* prayer in public, lest we should be “seen by them,” which would include prayers in schools, at graduation, even in churches. By your “logic,” you would have Christians practice our faith furtively only in our homes, and only closeted in our separate rooms for even our family members are among the “seen by them.”

       
  6. Given that this country isn’t America anymore, I’m sure some atheist group will be screaming “discrimination” any day now.
    -Dave

     
  7. Pingback: 15% discount if you pray in public at this NC restaurant |

  8. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this uplifting post! Last Tuesday, some of us Catholic ladies went to lunch to celebrate birthdays for two ladies. Before we began to eat, we said the Grace Before Meals and everyone could hear us. But since a picture of Our Lord, Jesus, is on the wall in the establishment where we ate, everyone was happy.

     
  9. UPDATE:
    Mary’s Gourmet Diner has discontinued the discount after atheists from the Freedom From Religion Foundation wrote a letter to the diner saying the discount was discriminatory and a violation of the Civil Rights Act.

     
  10. Once again our country caves to the rabid few that together have the intelligence of a fruit gnat.

     
  11. We in NJ salute you Mary, stand up to thugs who want to give orders!
    I pray where I please…Yup..there are those in America saying ” Convert or be killed too, ” All terrorists aren’t where we think they are!

     

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *