Roebling Inn Owner – Baseball Bats Behind The Bar Not A Great Idea

The New York Daily News runs a story today about the “guns of the Stone Age” – baseball bats – and their use as peacemakers behind that bar at some of New York’s most popular watering holes. That’s not the case at the Atlantic Avenue’s Roebling Inn. Owner Jason Furlani, a nice guy with imposing presence who has played bad guys and cops in many movies and TV shows, tells the paper:

NYDN: “The worst thing you could do, ever, is have any type of weapon at the bar,” says Jason Furlani, manager of Brooklyn Heights’ Roebling Inn. “If one of my bartenders is a 5-foot-4 woman and some guy takes it from her, I’ve just given someone a weapon. The best defense for a bartender to have is the bar itself. It’s a barrier.”

Furlani is currently shooting his movie Floating Sunflowers which he describes here:

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  • Paul

    Um, yeah. The bar is the best defense. Until someone reaches over it.

  • Arch Stanton

    Screw the bat, My choice would be a 12 gauge pump shotgun with a 18″ barrel and pistol grip.

  • tomsans

    It is illegal to have firearms in businesses that serve alcohol.

  • Gringo Bandito

    Just call 911 and wait a half hour or so until the police arrive. I’m sure you’ll be fine.

  • tomsans

    This guy isn’t very smart, while a bat could be took away from a weaker bar tender, the bartender should still have the advantage of having the bat first, which the intimidation factor can be enough to end a situation itself. Also it’s not like there aren’t other thing a person could use as a weapon in a bar, pool cues, chairs, bottles; lets see how well the bar protects you when someone hurls a beer bottle at your face.

    I would personally like to see the ban on firearms altered enough to allow non-lethal firearms, even a 5’3″ woman could take down large rowdy drunks with a bean bag shot gun

  • Joe

    Why not just a dusty old bottle of Galliano?

  • GOD

    Here’s another idea:
    Warning, video contains some foul language:

  • jv

    Is he the owner or the manager of the bar?

  • Peter Pan

    Love this guy. Check out his point of view for gay marriage.

  • Peter Pan

    A tire iron works wonders. It is shorter, and can be defensive.

  • Kenji Takabayashi

    How about a bouncer/bar manager or large regulars to back the woman up? Works for us on 14th and 8th. (in nyc)

  • Knight

    I guess that explains why your profile pic is a headstone ;)

  • Arch Stanton

    But still “It is better to be judged by 12 than carried by six”…

  • Arch Stanton

    Um, sort of..

  • Joe A

    Chloroform gas released in ventilation system at the push of a button would be my choice.