Over the weekend, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission slapped two Dallas bars with 30-day liquor license suspensions over failing to comply with reduced occupancy orders.
In Dallas, both Harris House of Heroes and Marty’s Live were targets of Operation Safe Open, an undercover operation from the Commission intended to make sure that restaurants and bars are adhering to 75 percent and 50 percent capacity limits, respectively, outlined in Gov. Greg Abbott’s Open Texas plan. Fort Worth’s The New PR’s was also cited by the TABC, and all three establishments will lose their permits to serve alcohol for the next 30 days.
“We warned businesses TABC will have no tolerance for breaking the rules, and now, some bars are paying the price,” TABC executive director Bentley Nettles said in a statement. “I hope other establishments will learn from these suspensions.”
According to a press release from the TABC, the 30-day suspension is automatic upon a bar’s first infraction, and that penalty increases to a 60-day suspension upon a second violation. The TABC cited a dozen bars in cities across the state, including Austin, El Paso, McAllen, and Lubbock, in the during the first three days of the operation.