Considering A Dram Shop Case Against II Brothers Grill & Bar? Here's What You Need To Know
I've sued more reckless bars for failing to adhere to liquor laws than anyone else in the state of Texas. With three decades of experience and hundreds of cases behind me, I have seen just how frequently bars put profit before safety and over-serve alcohol, in spite of their legal obligation to serve responsibly. While people might see or hear of drunk driving accidents from time to time, they don't tend to hear as much about the role that irresponsible bars play in those accidents. In order to raise more awareness of this topic, I spend a portion of my time researching the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's complaint database and writing about my findings here on my website. If you think you might have a dram shop (liquor liability) claim, don't hesitate to call my office at (855) 326-0000.
II Brothers Grill & Bar is located in Plano, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of the TABC due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2016 and 2020, authorities have conducted no fewer than six investigations into the bar's alcohol service practices.
In my three decades of legal practice, rarely have I seen bar end up involved in a wrongful death or injury case that didn't have a history of complaints on file with TABC. Almost every bar I've ever sued was already on the authorities radar, so when I see a bar that has been investigated several times over a short period, it raises my concern that it could one day play a part in an accident.
Note: Investigations are not proof of wrongdoing. However, if authorities investigate and fail to find evidence, it doesn't necessarily mean an establishment is innocent, either. The purpose of this article is simply to relay publicly-available information about incidents where the TABC has investigated II Brothers Grill & Bar for possible criminal or administrative violations.
TABC Investigations of II Brothers Grill & Bar Between 2016 and 2020
Plano - 8308 Preston Road Suite 198
Law enforcement contacted the TABC on 09/20/2016, claiming that the bar sold alcohol to an intoxicated patron and that a breach of the peace (typically a fight) took place, which the bar failed to report.
Upon investigation, authorities were able to determine that the bar failed to report a breach of the peace, which they classified as an administrative violation. After handing down an unspecified penalty, the TABC closed the case on 10/28/2016.
On 02/07/2017, a concerned citizen filed a complaint with the TABC, alleging that the bar sold alcohol to an intoxicated person.
Authorities looked into the matter shortly thereafter. For most liquor law violations, the TABC requires either video footage of the incident or eyewitness testimony from one of its agents in order to take action. Having neither in this investigation, authorities decided to close the case on 03/21/2017.
A second law enforcement complaint, filed on 09/14/2018, claimed that the bar sold alcohol to a drunk customer.
As mentioned in the previous investigation summary, the TABC relies heavily on video footage to back up most claims of wrongdoing - even when the source of a complaint is a police officer. Since authorities had no such evidence in this investigation, they could not take any action, leading to their decision to close the case on 10/15/2018.
The TABC received an anonymous complaint on 12/19/2018, alleging that the bar sold alcohol to an intoxicated person.
TABC agents conducted an inquiry, but due to a lack of video evidence, they could not determine the veracity of the claim. As a result, investigators could not take any further action, leading to their decision to close the case on 02/05/2019.
The next citizen complaint reached the TABC on 03/25/2020, accusing the bar of miscellaneous violations.
An investigation ensued, but authorities were ultimately unable to produce sufficient evidence of a violation to take any action. Consequently, the TABC closed the case on 03/31/2020.
A law enforcement complaint, filed on 04/07/2020, alleged that miscellaneous violations took place.
Authorities looked into the matter, but in spite of having the word of the police, they could not find any hard evidence of wrongdoing. Left with no other option, they closed the case on 04/18/2020.
Texas Law Says Accident Victims Can Sue Bad Bars
If you would like to learn more about Texas dram shop law (i.e. lawsuits against bars who play a role in injurious or fatal accidents), please visit our Texas Dram Shop Law Info Page.