Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Restaurante Huetamo Michoacan? Here's What You Need To Know
I've been suing irresponsible bars for over-serving alcohol for 30 years. My experience handling hundreds of cases has repeatedly shown me just how many bars fail to follow alcohol service regulations, as well as the tragedies that all too often result. While people might see or hear about a drunk driving accident from time to time, they don't tend to hear about the role that reckless bars play in those accidents. In order to call more attention to this issue, I dedicate a portion of my time to reviewing the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's complaint records and reporting my findings here on my website. If you think you may have a dram shop (liquor liability) claim and have questions about how to proceed, don't hesitate to call me at (855) 326-0000.
Restaurante Huetamo Michoacan is located in Houston, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of the TABC due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2017 and 2018 alone, authorities conducted two separate investigations into the restaurant's alcohol service practices.
In my experience, it is uncommon for a bar without a history of run-ins with the TABC to end up on the hook for contributing to a wrongful death or injury. Virtually every bar I have ever sued was already on the authorities' radar. That's why I pay close attention to bars with several recent complaints against them. The more investigations a bar has had, the greater my concern is that it could one day cause 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 Restaurante Huetamo Michoacan for possible criminal or administrative violations.
TABC Investigations of Restaurante Huetamo Michoacan Between 2017 and 2018
Houston - 6345 Windswept Suite G
A concerned citizen filed a complaint with the TABC on 08/11/2017, alleging that the restaurant employed a person under the age of 18 to handle alcohol, sold alcohol during prohibited hours, and allowed staff to sell drugs on the premises.
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 12/04/2017.
On 09/17/2018, a member of the Houston community reached out to the TABC, accusing the restaurant of selling alcohol to an intoxicated person and during prohibited hours.
While the ensuing investigation failed to find sufficient evidence to support the initial allegations, it did manage to determine that the bar allowed customers to consume alcohol during prohibited hours, which authorities classified as an administrative violation. After handing down an unspecified penalty, the TABC closed the case on 11/17/2018.
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.