Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Sista's Sports Bar? 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.
Sista's Sports Bar is located in San Antonio, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of the TABC on multiple occasions due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2017 and 2019, authorities conducted three investigations into the bar'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 Sista's Sports Bar for possible criminal or administrative violations.
TABC Investigations of Sista's Sports Bar Between 2017 and 2019
San Antonio - 1228 E Cesar Chavez Boulevard
On 10/17/2017, a concerned citizen filed a complaint with the TABC, alleging that the bar allowed staff to sell drugs on the premises.
Authorities looked into the matter, but could not find any evidence to substantiate the claim. Unable to take any further action, investigators ended their work on the case on 12/16/2017.
A member of the San Antonio community reached out to the TABC on 04/13/2019, claiming staff was drinking on the job and selling alcohol during prohibited hours.
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 04/13/2019.
A citizen complaint, dated 09/17/2019, alleged that the bar sold alcohol both to an intoxicated person and during prohibited hours.
Due to a lack of video evidence, investigators could not determine the veracity of the claim. With no other course of action available, authorities wrapped up their work on the case on 11/15/2019.
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.