Governor Abbott’s Strike Force suspends alcohol permits for twelve Texas bars

Published: Jun. 21, 2020 at 11:48 AM CDT
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AUSTIN, Texas (KWTX)

The Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas has developed specific guidelines bars and restaurants must follow to safely restart their businesses.

After three nights of Operation Safe Open, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) “ found evidence to suspend the permits of seven more bars, (Sunday.) In total, the permits of 12 bars have been suspended during these undercover investigations. The businesses issued an emergency order for a 30-day permit suspension are:

Sunday

  • Handlebar Houston, Houston
  • BARge 25, Seabrook
  • Harris House of Heroes, Dallas
  • The New PR's, Fort Worth
  • UnBARlievable (West 6th), Austin
  • Little Woodrow's, Lubbock
  • Coconuts, El Paso

Saturday

  • Buford’s Backyard Beer Garden, Austin
  • Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot Icehouse, Austin

Friday

  • Werk Bar, El Paso
  • Marty’s Live, Dallas
  • Elevate Night Club, McAllen

The Strike Force, Operation Safe Open, “is an effort by TABC agents to inspect businesses across Texas to ensure they’re following protocols to slow the spread of COVID-19.

These requirements include “indoor customer capacity limits of 50% for bars and 75% for restaurants, along with social distancing of at least 6 feet between groups of customers.”

"Protecting the health and safety of Texans during this pandemic is our top priority," TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles said. "We warned businesses TABC will have no tolerance for breaking the rules, and now, some bars are paying the price. I hope other establishments will learn from these suspensions."

The Governor’s Strike Force to Open Texas has developed specific guidelines bars and restaurants must follow to safely restart their businesses.

To see the guidelines and learn more about the governor’s efforts to reopen Texas, visit open.texas.gov.

Find TABC’s resources for businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic at tabc.texas.gov/coronavirus.

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