TABC suspends 7 bars for operating despite shutdown order

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June 29, 2020 - 4:51 pm

    AUSTIN ( -- A total of 7 Texas bars - including two in Central Texas - saw their alcohol permits suspended by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for operating over the weekend in spite of Friday's shutdown order, officials announced Monday.

    An executive order issued by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott last Friday ordered bars earning 51% or more of their revenue from alcohol to suspend operations. TABC agents visited nearly 1,500 businesses across the state this past weekend to ensure compliance with Abbott's order; of those, 59 were found to be operating in violation of Abbott's order.

    52 agreed to immediately cease operations; the remaining 7 refused to comply, resulting in a 30-day suspension of their permits:

    • Black Stone USA, Fredericksburg
    • The Park @ The Domain, Austin
    • Bokeeters Cocktail Bar, New Caney
    • Prospect Park, Houston
    • The Venue Private Club, Wills Point
    • Whiskey Girl, Abilene
    • Outlaws Longview, Longview

    "We know this is an extremely difficult time for our state's bar owners and we sympathize with all of the owners, operators and employees who are hurting during this pandemic," TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles said. "It's the duty of all Texans to do what's necessary to prevent the spread of this disease. Taking these steps now will help ensure a quicker re-opening once this pandemic has passed."

    The Texas Bar and Nightclub Alliance announced plans on Saturday to sue the state over the recent shutdown order, calling Gov. Abbott's decision "irresponsible and shameful." It urged bar owners to protest the order by remaining open.

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