Austin bar suspended by TABC after violating governor’s order to close

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission suspended liquor licenses from seven bars across the state, despite Governor Greg Abbott ordering bars nationwide to close on Friday. That includes two in the greater Austin area.

The licenses for Park @ The Domain in North Austin and Black Stone USA in Fredericksburg have been suspended for 30 days with immediate effect. The enforcement action also includes facilities in Houston, New Caney, Abilene, Longview and Willis Point.

TABC reports that from June 26-28 it inspected approximately 1,500 companies and found only 59 companies in violation of the regulations. Of these, 52 agreed to cease operations immediately; The seven who refused had their licenses suspended. The measures are part of the agency’s Operation Safe Open, which is ensuring bars and restaurants comply with regulations designed to slow the spread of COVID-19.

“We know this is an extremely difficult time for our state’s bar owners, and we sympathize with all of the owners, operators and employees who have been injured during this pandemic,” Bentley Nettles, executive director of TABC, said in a statement. “It is the duty of all Texans to do what is necessary to prevent the spread of this disease. If you take these steps now, you can ensure a faster reopening once this pandemic is over.”

TABC had previously suspended liquor licenses from 17 bars nationwide as part of Operation Safe Open, including UnBARlievable, Buford’s Backyard Beer Garden and Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot Icehouse on West Sixth Street and Soho Lounge on East Sixth Street.

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