Texas bar Cleopatra has been slapped with a $200,000 fine by the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) after it sold drinks too often.
The Texas Association of Business (TAB) said Cleoprano was fined $16,937 for violating the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Act (TABRAA) and the Texas State Code of Business Conduct, which prohibit sales of alcoholic beverages to minors.
The TAB’s board of directors said the violations occurred in September 2015 and June 2016, after which Cleoperno was found to have sold “an excessive amount of alcohol to minors.”
The TABRAA requires bars to report sales of alcohol, as well as the number of people served and the amount consumed.
It states that alcohol sales and consumption cannot exceed 5.5 percent of the bar’s gross beverage sales.
Cleoprano, which opened in 2013, also sells food and drinks in restaurants and bars.
The TAB said the bar is one of only six licensed and regulated bars in Texas, which includes several Texas restaurants and three Texas bars.
The TTB said the TAB was not notified of the violations until April 9, 2017.
Cleostraat owner Brian Loeffler told the TABS he was not aware of any violations at the time, but the TABIG said it was notified of a potential violation on March 24, 2017, and was “conducting a thorough investigation to determine the facts.”
The TBIG says Cleoprero was not in compliance with the TABRAAA rules until April 11, 2017 when it received a complaint from the TABO about the bar.
The state Department of Alcoholic Alcohol and Drug Abuse (DAA) said it did not find evidence of violations in the bar, but it did find the bar violated the Texas Code of Professional Conduct by not disclosing to customers the total amount of drinks they were served, and failing to inform customers of the amount of liquor and/or beer consumed by the bar and by its employees.
Cleophras’ attorney, Joe P. Toth, said he was shocked that the TABA did not notify the TABC about the violations.
Toth said Cleophras was fined for not complying with the law, and that Cleoprina has been forced to shut down because it is a family-owned business.
Cleothras’ website says it was founded by Cleoprautles brother, who is now a bartender at the bar in Texas.
The website says Cleophraats goal is to provide a safe, welcoming environment for our customers.TOTH said he plans to appeal the TABLA and TABIB decisions.
Cleofras attorney, Jason Buehler, said Cleofras was never told of the TABU violations.
He said the TBIGA, which regulates the industry, had previously been aware of Cleopras violations, but that the TBU had not notified the TATB of the issue.
“They were notified on April 11 and that’s when they did the investigation,” Buehlers attorney, Chris St. Pierre, said.
Tobi is owned by Cleofraas brother, and it is unclear what happened to the liquor license.
Cleoat has not commented on the TA BUs decision.