RUSTON, La. (KNOE) – There’s something good brewing in Ruston. A new coffee shop owned and operated by a veteran and former police officer. Bobby Mounts just opened the doors to PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans in Ruston on Farmerville Highway.
The coffee franchise originates in New Orleans, but Mounts was given the franchise license when he won the company’s veterans franchise license giveaway in 2019. “It was awesome to be recognized for my service to my country and my community,” Mounts said.
Mounts recalls that fighting for his country was always something he desired to accomplish. He says his father served in the Navy. “I grew up in a very patriotic household,” Mounts said.
Mounts served in the Marine Corp for six years where he was deployed to Iraq for a little over a year.
After his service time, he instantly joined the Monroe Police Department for 9 years and then was a West Monroe Police Officer for 5 years. Mounts says when he found out he won the franchise license he emphasized their focus would be to give back to the veteran community and law enforcement.
“I know how hard they work. I know the sacrifices they make,” Mounts said. “To be able to give back to them is my number one priority.” The coffee shop overs 50% off drinks to all veterans and members of law enforcement. Mounts says it’s a small token of his sincere appreciation to two organizations who supported him to get to where he is now.
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