Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Exit 73 Bar & Grill? 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.
Exit 73 Bar & Grill is located in Spring, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted a substantial amount of attention from the TABC due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2015 and 2019, authorities conducted no fewer than seven 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 Exit 73 Bar & Grill for possible criminal or administrative violations.
TABC Investigations of Exit 73 Bar & Grill Between 2015 and 2019
Spring - 24714 Ih 45N Suite 101
Law enforcement contacted the TABC on 03/17/2015, alleging that the bar sold alcohol to an intoxicated patron.
Upon investigation, authorities found sufficient evidence to support the allegation, which they classified as both an administrative and criminal violation. After issuing the bar a fine, the TABC concluded its work on the case on 04/24/2015.
A second law enforcement complaint reached the TABC on 01/20/2016, claiming that a breach of the peace (typically a fight) took place.
The ensuing investigation was able to successfully determine that the bar failed to report a breach of the peace, which authorities classified as an administrative violation. After handing down an unspecified penalty, the TABC closed the case on 02/27/2016.
Yet another law enforcement complaint, filed on 08/26/2016, alleged that the bar sold alcohol to a drunk customer.
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 10/09/2016.
The TABC received a fourth complaint from law enforcement on 07/11/2017, accusing the bar of selling alcohol to a patron who was already intoxicated.
TABC agents conducted an inquiry and found sufficient evidence to confirm the validity of the claim. For some reason, the TABC decided not to hand down any punishment, instead choosing to close the case without any further action on 08/08/2017.
On 10/09/2018, a law enforcement complaint brought the TABC back to investigate the bar once again for another allegation of selling alcohol to a drunk person.
As mentioned in a previous investigation summary, the TABC relies heavily on video footage to back up most claims of wrongdoing. Since authorities had no such evidence in this investigation, they could not take any action, leading to their decision to close the case on 12/10/2018.
The next law enforcement complaint came on 03/01/2019, once again accusing the bar of selling 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 04/25/2019.
A further law enforcement complaint reached the TABC on 07/25/2019, claiming again that the bar sold alcohol to a patron who was already over the limit.
While investigators discovered sufficient evidence to support the allegation - which they classified as both an administrative and criminal violation - the TABC ultimately decided to take no action against the bar. On 09/28/2019, the case came to a close.
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.