Local Hot Spot to Close; TABC Says the Reason Is Not Uncommon - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/8/05

Local Hot Spot to Close; TABC Says the Reason Is Not Uncommon

A popular night spot will close for 30 days, however the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) says violations committed by Texas Cafe, also known at The Spoon, are not uncommon. The bar received three violations for serving people who were already legally intoxicated within one year.

TABC rules state after three violations, they can suspend the facility's license for 30 days or close it for good. Many times, TABC gives the owner the option of a 30 day suspension, or paying a civil fee. The Spoon did not receive that option. TABC officers say owners sometimes don't learn a lesson by simply paying a fine.

TABC Region One Captain, Dan Cullers says, "A lot of times we'd have a location that can afford to pay civil penalties rather than taking that suspension and it doesn't appear to be solving the problem at hand."

The spoon will not re-open after the 30 day suspension. The last day of business is April 3rd. No word yet on if another owner will open another bar.

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