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Petition results in Hooters restaurant withdrawing TABC liquor application for proposed Bryan, Tx location

Oct. 7, 2016 – BRYAN, Tx. (KBTX) – Hooters withdrew its application Friday for a liquor license, according to a spokesman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. A group of local residents submitted a petition Friday with more than 800 … Continue reading

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Top complaints to TABC about Austin bars: underage drinking/selling to minors and overserving

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Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) online records show investigators often do not find violations after complaints in Austin. The two most common complaints were serving minors/letting minors drink and over-serving. The records show 144 complaints made about Austin businesses to the TABC so far this year. Continue reading

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TABC to conduct bar stings to prevent underage drinking

TABC will conduct its back-to-school operation meant to halt illegal sales and underage drinking. The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) on Thursday announced the September undercover effort. The Texas legal drinking age for alcohol is 21. Undercover TABC agents will escort underage individuals trying to buy booze. A TABC statement says the stings will target retailers in cities with major colleges and universities. Continue reading

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Austin alcohol sales drop post Uber and Lyft

Something very rare happened in Austin this May 2016: alcohol sales dropped, according to the Texas Comptroller. While there is no direct explanation for the two percent drop in sales from this time last year, some bartenders and bar owners in Austin think it may have something to do with ridesharing. Specifically, since Uber and Lyft left Austin in the beginning of May. Continue reading

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Local Austin restaurant withdraws request to sell alcohol across from school campus

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In a surprising last-minute change, Torchy’s Tacos on Thursday withdrew a request to the City Council that would have allowed the restaurant to sell alcohol at its South Congress Avenue location after opposition from groups including the Austin school district, nearby neighborhood associations and the grassroots political group Austin Interfaith who said the location could be a negative influence on the impressionable students at Fulmore Middle School across the street. Continue reading

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Intoxicated Drivers Killed 39 People in Austin Last Year. So How Do We Stop Them?

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In a report where researchers considered what most effectively reduces DWIs, enforcement tops the list. But many of the enforcement tactics praised by these researchers are out of the hands of Austin policymakers. For example, these researchers consider sobriety checkpoints to be one of the most effective methods of discouraging DWIs. But in Texas, checkpoints are illegal under state law. The researchers also recommend lowering the legal blood alcohol limit from .08 to.05 – something only state lawmakers could do. Continue reading

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Could College Kids Be Sobering Up and Partying Without the Booze, saying the Fun No Longer Outweighs the Risks

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College and drinking: two concepts so closely linked that many students can’t conceive of one without the other. However, it may be surprising to learn that binge drinking among college students has dropped 13% over the past decade. So what’s behind the fall in binge drinking students? What’s the reality of being a sober scholar, and can college be just as fun without drinking? Although it may be impossible to stop students from drinking the rise of the sober party movement is helping sobriety separate from the stigma attached to it, a crucial aspect as young people embrace alcohol-free events. Continue reading

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Austin bar faces lawsuit over 2014 SXSW crash, report says

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An Austin bar is being sued for its alleged role in serving alcohol to Rashad Owens before he got into his car and, while fleeing a traffic stop, went on deadly vehicular rampage that killed four people during South By Southwest (SXSW) in 2014. Club 1808 has been named as an additional defendant in a lawsuit first filed in December 2014. The tragedy occurred on Red River Street during SXSW 2014 after a car drove through a crowd of pedestrians and cyclists, killing four. Owens was convicted last year (2015) of murder charges related to the incident. He now faces life in prison. Continue reading

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APD & TABC cite 84 minors for possession of Fake ID during operation at Austin bars

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84 underage adults received citations for using fake IDs as Austin Police Department’s Downtown Command partnered up with the Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission to crack down on underage drinking. Operation Fake Out hit the bars Thursday night. Many minors lost their fake IDs this past week. APD says they seized 90 fake IDs. Continue reading

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Bid Farewell: Why Millennials Are Abandoning the Nightclub Nightlife Around the World

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There’s a massive trend brewing in America’s nightlife scene. The attendance of nightclubs and bars have been on a steady decline for the past several years. Nightclubs left and right are going out of business with nightclubsseveral others being threatened to close their doors. There have been massive declines of profit as well as overall revenue. Continue reading

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Downtown Austin Sobriety center could possibly move into Medical Examiner’s Facility

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A group made up of city and county staff suggests converting the current Travis County Medical Examiner facility into a sobriety center. Last year, city and county officials created the Austin-Travis County Intergovernmental Working Group to develop a plan for a potential sobriety center. The sobriety centers, also known as “drunk tanks,” are places to secure publicly intoxicated people deemed a danger to themselves or others; it could also offer support and encourage treatment for alcoholism. It’s also seen as an alternative to jail for minor public intoxication offenses. Continue reading

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Austin police chief speak of record fatality crashes; encourages parents to warn children of drinking and driving

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After lastest DWI crash on local streets, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo is asking parents to talk with their children to not only discourage them from drinking and driving, but to also explain the dangers of getting in a car with a drunk driver. He encouraged people to call the police if they see bartenders over-serving customers and if they see drunk drivers on the road. Continue reading

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Underage drinking a “huge problem” in downtown, say Austin police; now cops are investigating if 20-year-old murder suspect may have been served alcohol on 4th Street

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Bryan Canchola is already in a lot of trouble. The 20 year old is accused of murdering his teenage boyfriend — Stephen Sylvester — after a night out on the town. “Obviously there was a homicide and it could’ve involved drinking at this time we’re waiting on the findings of APD to determine if an investigation into any establishments downtown are warranted,” said Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission spokesman Chris Porter.

Shortly before the deadly altercation, murder suspect Brian Canchola, 20, said he and his roommate, 18-year old Stephen Sylvester had been out on 4th Street in downtown Austin drinking all night. Now Austin Police and Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents are investigating if underage drinking may have played a role in the incident. Austin Police say they have underage drinking is a “huge problem” downtown. Continue reading

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Austin Police new initiative targets Sixth Street bars that over-serve drinkers leading to DWIs, binge drinking, assaults and violence

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Austin police said they have seen an increase in overly-intoxicated people, which leads to disturbances and DWI crashes and binge drinking. And the trend has Austin police searching for a way to change drinkers’ behavior.The operation even found that some bars promote excessive drinking, which authorities said they will not put up with. That is why Austin Police Department launched Operation Over-serve. Continue reading

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Austin Police target Downtown Austin bars, liquor stores that overserve alcohol to patrons and underage drinkers

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Austin Police have increased their targeting of bars and liquor stores they suspect are overserving alcohol and providing alcohol to underage drinkers in downtown Austin. Hundreds of people visit Sixth Street every weekend to have fun, but lately police officers have noticed many of them are becoming victims of crime as the bars are closing. After a spike in robberies, assaults and even sexual assaults in recent weeks, investigators found that many victims as well as offenders were overly intoxicated with alcohol. Continue reading

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Austin Police Chief Acevedo wants to crack down on “overserving” of alcohol at downtown Sixth Street bars

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Is Austin alcohol problem related to bars “over-serving” of alcohol? Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo says, “If you’re over serving and being irresponsible we are going to identify that fact and we’re developing every legal strategy to hold you accountable,” added Acevedo. Acevedo calls it a multi-layered approach to solving Austin’s alcohol problem. Austin’s top cop is fed up with what he sees as an overserving issue at many bars on 6th Street. “Well we all know the consumption of alcohol and the over consumption of alcohol and or drugs or both people make poor choices,” the APD Chief said during a recent news conference. Continue reading

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72 fake IDs found, minors ticketed as undercover Austin Police checking for fake IDs in downtown Austin

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An undercover sting involving APD and the TABC in downtown Austin ended with approximately 72 people cited on Thursday night alone. Officers stand next to bouncers to check IDs that appear to be false. The officer will then identify himself if the ID is fake, and ask the person how old they are. If someone admits they are underage, they are escorted to a central citation area off Sixth Street and receive a Class C Misdemeanor ticket. If someone continues to lie about their age and the ID is proven to be false, officers can then issue a ticket for Failure to Identify, a Class B Misdemeanor. The overall goal is to keep roads safer and cut down on crime. Continue reading

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Austin Police ticket 120 for using Fake IDs in downtown Austin to enter bars and clubs; 2 arrested for forgery

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We applaud APD in their effort to reduce underage drinking in Downtown Austin. In past months APD ticketed over 120 minors attempting to us fake IDs to enter bars/clubs in the entertainment district intending to drink alcohol beverages. The APD unit received confidential information about a subject living near the UT campus that was manufacturing counterfeit identification cards from different states and selling them to students or anyone willing to spend $60 – $200. The Texas Department of Public Safety assisted during this operation. Both subjects have been charged with Forgery, a 3rd Degree Felony having reported manufactured and sold hundreds of fictitious state identification cards across the state. Continue reading

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TABC conducts minor stings in Austin, 18 violations found after 91 bar, nightclubs and retail stores were visited

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Out of 91 Austin area bars, nighclubs and convenience stores visited by TABC, 18 businesses were found to be in violation. During the stings, Texas alcoholic beverage commission agents accompanied young-looking minors who attempted to purchase alcohol from each business. Around the state of Texas, Between March 9-20, the TABC’s Field Operations Division conducted more than 900 stings at alcohol-selling establishments statewide. If a seller is caught selling to a minor, the seller could be charged with a Class-A misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a $4,000 fine and one year in jail.
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TABC Agents Tripled Amid Preps for SXSW Music; looking out for underage drinking and over-consumption of alcohol

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TABC Agents will be “watching out for underage drinking and over consumption,” says Captain Harry Nanos with the TABC Enforcement Division. TABC has triple the amount of agents downtown than in past because Austin has become a more popular Spring Break destination. The Austin Central Command Center is gearing up for the increasing crowds for the music part of SXSW which includes an extra focus on alcohol. For the first time the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission will be at the command center. Continue reading

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