Lustre Pearl has agreed to pay the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission $40,500 in fines stemming from a deadly accident which happened in July, 2012.
According to the TABC, the Rainey Street bar had the option of a 45-day permit suspension instead, but the owners opted for the fines--$900 for each day of the suspension.
Also as part of the agreement, the bar is prohibited from offering drink specials which include both a beer and a shot for a set price. The bar is also required to staff the bar with enough employees to, “monitor the consumption of their patrons.”
"We are pleased that TABC agreed that revocation of our license was not appropriate in this case and that we have resolved this matter. Lustre Pearl will remain open and we will pay the fine. We have revised and improved our 'Responsible Alcohol Use' policy and have strict expectations of employees while on duty," Matt Welch, a Lustre Pearl spokesperson, said in a statement. "In addition, we’ve begun some strategic partnerships with non-profit organizations on issues related to the responsible use of alcohol to create a greater awareness among its customers and employees
The TABC stepped into the investigate Lustre Pearl after then 25-year-old Madeline Rackley drove a car into Lady Bird Lake, killing the passenger, 25-year-old Jarrett Ryan Whittington. Before getting in the car, Rackley and Whittington were drinking at Lustre Pearl. Rackley was charged with intoxication manslaughter, and the TABC ruled the bartenders at Lustre Pearl over-served her before the wreck.
“Through the administrative process, the establishment was willing to work with the TABC and agree on measures that we believe if followed will protect the public,” TABC Executive Director Sherry Cook said in a statement to media. “A license or permit to sell alcohol is a privilege and with that privilege, there comes the responsibility to conduct business in a manner that safeguards the welfare, peace and safety of the public.”
Lustre Pearl is owned by Bridget Dunlap, who also owns Clive Bar on Rainey Street. Clive Bar is a defendant in a separate lawsuit, accused of over-serving Gabrielle Nestande the night before she fatally struck Courtney Griffin with her car in 2011.