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Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Sister Esther's Church And Entertainment Emporium? Here's What You Need To Know

I've sued more reckless bars for failing to adhere to liquor laws than anyone else in the state of Texas. With three decades of experience and hundreds of cases behind me, I have seen just how frequently bars put profit before safety and over-serve alcohol, in spite of their legal obligation to serve responsibly. While people might see or hear of drunk driving accidents from time to time, they don't tend to hear as much about the role that irresponsible bars play in those accidents. In order to raise more awareness of this topic, I spend a portion of my time researching the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's complaint database and writing about my findings here on my website. If you think you might have a dram shop (liquor liability) claim, don't hesitate to call my office at (855) 326-0000.

Sister Esther's Church And Entertainment Emporium is a bar located in El Paso, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of the TABC due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2019 and 2020, authorities conducted two investigations of the bar's alcohol service practices.

In my three decades of legal practice, rarely have I seen bar end up involved in a wrongful death or injury case that didn't have a history of complaints on file with TABC. Almost every bar I've ever sued was already on the authorities radar, so when I see a bar that has been investigated several times over a short period, it raises my concern that it could one day play a part in 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 Sister Esther's Church And Entertainment Emporium for possible criminal or administrative violations.

TABC Investigations of Sister Esther's Church And Entertainment Emporium Between 2019 and 2020


El Paso - 2708 N Mesa Suite F

Allegations:

Law enforcement contacted the TABC on 10/12/2019, claiming that a breach of the peace (typically a fight) occurred.

Upon investigation, the TABC determined that the bar failed to report a breach of the peace, which it classified as an administrative violation. After issuing the bar a written warning, investigators closed the case on 10/22/2019.

A concerned citizen filed a complaint on 01/07/2020, again alleging that a breach of the peace took place.

The investigation that followed was not successful at uncovering any evidence of wrongdoing. Unable to take any further action, authorities ended their work on the case on 03/11/2020.

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.