Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Ruchi's Mexican 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.
Ruchi's Mexican Grill is located in Rosenberg, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted a substantial amount of attention from the TABC due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2018 and 2020, authorities conducted five 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 Ruchi's Mexican Grill for possible criminal or administrative violations.
TABC Investigations of Ruchi's Mexican Grill Between 2018 and 2019
Rosenberg - 6945 Industrial Parkway
Law enforcement contacted the TABC on 05/17/2018, alleging that the restaurant sold alcohol to a patron who was already intoxicated.
Authorities looked into the matter shortly thereafter. Even when the source of a complaint is a police officer, 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 07/10/2018.
A concerned citizen filed a complaint with the TABC on 05/16/2019, claiming that the restaurant sold alcohol to a minor, an intoxicated person, and during prohibited hours.
As mentioned in the 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 07/16/2019.
Law enforcement filed another complaint on 09/18/2019, this time accusing the restaurant of selling alcohol to both a minor and a drunk patron.
TABC agents conducted an inquiry into the accusations, but after nearly three months of work, they still had not managed to uncover any corroborating evidence. Unable to take any further action, they decided to close the case on 12/17/2019.
A member of the Rosenberg community filed a complaint with the TABC on 09/30/2019, alleging that the restaurant allowed a minor to both purchase and consume alcohol.
Due to a lack of video evidence, authorities could not determine the veracity of the allegations. With no other option available, the TABC brought this investigation to a close on 10/09/2019.
A further law enforcement complaint, dated 01/30/2020, accused the restaurant of selling alcohol to an intoxicated customer.
While authorities did not manage to find any evidence to support the initial claim, they did find proof that the restaurant allowed a minor to consume alcohol, which they classified as an administrative violation. After deciding not to hand down any punishment, the TABC closed the case on 02/19/2020.
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.