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Considering A Dram Shop Case Against Southway Pub? 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.

Southway Pub is located in Kerrville, Texas. In recent years, it has attracted the attention of the TABC due to allegations of liquor law violations. Between 2017 and 2018 alone, authorities conducted three separate investigations into the bar'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 Southway Pub for possible criminal or administrative violations.

TABC Investigations of Southway Pub Between 2017 and 2018


Kerrville - 100 Southway Drive

Allegations:

Law enforcement filed a complaint with the TABC on 03/23/2017, alleging that the bar failed to report a breach of the peace (typically a fight).

Upon investigation, authorities were able to confirm the allegation, which they classified as an administrative violation. After handing down a written warning, the TABC closed the case on 03/24/2017.

A second law enforcement complaint reached the TABC on 01/23/2018, claiming that the bar sold alcohol to an intoxicated customer.

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 03/10/2018.

The TABC received yet another law enforcement complaint on 03/10/2018, alleging that a breach of the peace occurred and that the bar failed to report it (a separate violation in itself).

The ensuing investigation found evidence that the bar failed to report a breach of the peace, which authorities classified as an administrative violation. After issuing a written warning, the TABC brought its work to an end on 04/25/2018.

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.