A well-known Hub City bar is once again legal to pour drinks. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission issued a new mixed beverage permit to the bar formally known as Jake's Sports Cafe. This comes just four months after the TABC cancelled the bar's permit to serve alcohol.
Four months later, the name is changed, there is new management and bartenders once again pour drinks. "Opened two days after we got the permit," new owner J.M. Stephenson said.
Jake's opened just more than a week ago. Stephenson says he applied for a new permit soon after the old one was cancelled. "I was in the process of getting a new license in my company's name only," Stephenson said.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission cancelled the mixed beverage permit for Jake's Sports Cafe on April 4, which made it illegal for them to serve customers alcohol. TABC Sergeant Michael Lockhart says the blame lies with former owner, Scott Stephenson. "The minor turned out to be 16 and was intoxicated to the degree where she had to be transported to the hospital," Sgt. Lockhart said. "Judge said look you have this one we're cancelling this one all the rest of the cases you had pending were dismissed.
Now, J.M. Stephenson, Scott's father, owns the bar. But while they are family, J.M. tells us Scott is no longer involved in the business.
Under state law in counties with more than 1.4 million people, such as the Dallas and Houston areas, family members cannot apply for a permit to serve beer and wine at the same location where a permit was cancelled. "One it doesn't apply to Lubbock and two it doesn't apply to a mix beverage," Stephenson said.
According to Stephenson, it costs more than $10,000 for the liquor license and permits needed to reopen Jakes. Since then new policies are in place, as those 21 and younger are no longer allowed into the bar after 9 p.m.
"Basically we card anybody under 30, they're marked, we have extra security guards patrolling the parking lot," Stephenson said.
The TABC tells us they conducted an extensive investigation to ensure Scott Stephenson was no longer involved with Jake's before granting the new liquor permit. We are told Scott can reapply for a new liquor license but not until April 2009.
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