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Dallas bar on Henderson Ave gets its liquor license suspended by TABC

Dallas bar on Henderson Ave gets its liquor license suspended by TABC

The Whippersnapper Dallas
The bar is known for its convivial atmosphere. Photo courtesy of The Whippersnapper

A Dallas bar got its license suspended by The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for not following COVID-19 safety protocols.

According to an October 20 press release, The Whippersnapper on Henderson Avenue will not be able to sell alcohol to the public for 30 days. Well known for its convivial atmosphere, "The Whip" was one of six across the state of Texas whose licenses were suspended.

Ampersand, a coffee house and lounge in Fort Worth, also got its license suspended.

TABC inspected over 1,300 bars and restaurants in the last week as part of its continuing efforts to ensure permit holders are following proper guidelines regarding capacity limits and social distancing. Four establishments in Houston also had their licenses suspended as a result of the recent inspections.

"These violations represent a very small number of the more than 20,000 licensed businesses inspected by TABC since the beginning of May," said TABC chairman Kevin J. Lilly in a statement. "A large majority of business owners are showing their commitment to keeping customers and employees safe, and we’re grateful for all of their hard work. TABC is committed to assisting the industry as we all work for a safe Texas."

Gov. Greg Abbott allowed bars to reopen at 50-percent capacity beginning October 14. However, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins declined to allow bars to reopen. Many have taken advantage of changes in TABC rules that allow them to operate as restaurants.

The commission performed similar enforcement actions when Abbott allowed bars to reopen in June. At that time, two Dallas bars, Harris House of Heroes and Marty's Live, had their licenses suspended.