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Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Meso Maya? Here's What You Need To Know

For three decades, I've been holding bars accountable for over-serving alcohol. In the hundreds of cases I've handled, I've seen just how widespread irresponsible alcohol service is, as well as the tragedies that often follow in its wake. While people might see or hear about drunk driving accidents from time to time, rarely do they hear about the role that reckless bars play in those accidents. In order to draw more attention to this issue, I dedicate a portion of my time to investigating the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's complaint records and reporting my findings here on my website. If you believe you may have a dram shop claim, please call my office at (855) 326-0000.

Meso Maya is a Mexican restaurant located in Fort Worth, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of the TABC due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2018 and 2019, authorities conducted two investigations into the restaurant's alcohol service practices.

In my experience, it's 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 contribute to an accident.

Note: Investigations are not proof of wrongdoing. However, if authorities investigate and fail to find evidence of a violation, 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 Meso Maya for possible criminal or administrative violations.

TABC Investigations of Meso Maya Between 2018 and 2019


Fort Worth - 3050 S Hulen Street Suite A

Allegations:

On 01/29/2018, the TABC received a complaint from an anonymous source, alleging that the restaurant sold alcohol to a minor.

Authorities followed up soon thereafter with an investigation. For most liquor law violations, the TABC requires video footage of the incident or eyewitness testimony from one of its agents in order to take action. In this particular instance, authorities had neither. As a result, the investigation came to a close on 03/14/2018.

An unnamed source contacted the TABC on 02/25/2019, alleging that the bar sold alcohol to a patron under the age of 21.

TABC agents looked into the matter, but were not successful at turning up any evidence of wrongdoing. Unable to take any further action, they decided to end their work on the case on 04/06/2019.

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.