Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Austin Agencies to Crack Down on "Nuisance" Bars


Bars and restaurants certainly market their establishments to attract the type of clientele they want to claim as regulars. A biker bar may advertise half-price beer to anyone wearing leather chaps or a Harley Davidson jacket. Owners who wish to see wealthy professionals darken their doors might offer a wine tasting or a specialty martini bar. Word of mouth and customer reviews on websites are common ways for bars to earn both positive and poor reputations. So, what is a fine watering hole of Austin to do when it earns the official description of "nuisance"? That's certainly not going to garner a four-star rating in any traveler's guide!

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has started a new initiative to crackdown on bars that seem to breed criminal activity, which it has deemed "nuisance bars". The Commission will be working with the Austin Police Department and the Travis County District Attorney's Office to track the problem locations. The difficult task faced by these agencies is proving that the crime occurring near or at a bar is directly linked to the way in which the place operates. To avoid accusations of unfair persecution, however, the TABC will work with suspected nuisance bars to help them improve any areas of concern.

Right now, only one bar in Austin, La Rumba, is under investigation for crimes that have taken place on its premises. However, if your bar becomes tagged with the label of "nuisance" and you believe this determination is unfairly hurting your business, the attorneys at Bertolino LLP can help. We have lawyers who specialize in business litigation who will work to protect your rights as a hard-working owner. Please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today and let us know what we can do for you.

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