Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Eskimo Hut? 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.
Eskimo Hut is a drive-through convenience store located in Victoria, Texas, that sells daiquiris to go. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of the TABC due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2015 and 2019, authorities conducted three separate investigations into the store'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 Eskimo Hut for possible criminal or administrative violations.
TABC Investigations of Eskimo Hut Between 2015 and 2019
Victoria - 1609 N Navarro Street
On 03/17/2015, a concerned citizen filed a complaint with the TABC, alleging that the bar sold alcohol to both a minor and 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 04/30/2015.
Law enforcement contacted the TABC on 03/01/2016, alleging that a breach of the peace occurred.
Upon investigating, TABC agents uncovered evidence that the bar failed to report a breach of the peace, which they classified as an administrative violation. After issuing a written warning, they closed the case on 04/01/2016.
The TABC received a second complaint from law enforcement on 10/07/2019, accusing the bar of selling alcohol to an underage patron and a drunk person.
Due to a lack of video evidence, the ensuing investigation was not successful at determining the veracity of the claims. Unable to take any further action, authorities closed the case on 10/08/2019.
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.