Steakhouse Violates Zoning Ordinances With Flags That Honor Fallen Officers, Owner Vows To Keep Them Flying

In a story similar to the Jacksonville, Florida sports store story, a Grand Rapids, Michigan restaurant flags were found to be in violation of a city ordinance. The restaurant owner has flown these flags in honor of fallen police officers and members of the armed forces. Zoning ordinances have a purpose, but the fact that these flags honor fallen heroes seem to put the city at a bit of a moral disadvantage. The owner has vowed to keep the flags flying. What kind of issues does he face and can he afford to fight city hall? Here is the latest that we have on his plans.

As Written and Reported By Dave Urbanski for The Blaze:

Michigan restaurant owner Johnny Brann has adopted the practice of hanging flags outside his Grand Rapids establishment in honor of police officers and military personnel killed in the line of duty, WZZM-TV reported.

But city leaders have said the display outside Brann’s Steakhouse violates zoning ordinances, the station noted, adding that officials have no problem with what the flags say — just how many are being displayed.

Well, Brann has a message for those questioning the legality of his flags.

“The flags and the names of the fallen heroes on the building are not coming down,” he told WZZM.

Is there an alternative?

Brann told the station he’ll apply for a zoning variance — but he insisted his flags will stay put even if his application is denied.

“I’m going to go through the process, but regardless of the result I’m not taking the flags down,” he added to WZZM. “These people gave their lives for us, and they deserve to be honored and remembered. I’m going to continue to make sure they are…….


Restaurant flags honor fallen officers. City says they violate code. Owner issues defiant response. | TheBlaze

NOTE: Image source: WZZM-TV video screenshot


Leave a Comment

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.