TABC Shuts Down Three El Paso Bars
POSTED: Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 8:18pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 3, 2012 - 8:32pm
EL PASO, TX — Three El Paso nightclubs scarred by recent violence just lost their liquor licenses, and all three places promptly decided to shut down.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission stripped the licenses, making it impossible for the clubs to continue business.
The TABC has canceled the liquor permits at The Exquisite Nightclub and The Shooters Bar, both in northeast El Paso. Also closed is Las Socias in San Elizario.
Las Socias, which used to be called Club Fusion, was where a man fired shots into a crowd outside of the bar in January. A Fort Bliss soldier fell dead.
One El Pasoan we spoke with says some bars and nightclubs in northeast El Paso are not safe.
"We used to come down here all the time and party. It isn’t like it was back then. We could come out here and party and drink, and there wasn't a lot of problems like there is now. Now, I don't come down here because there is just so many fights,” said Angela Wilborn.
The TABC says they've closed 137 bars in El Paso in the last 6 years.
All three of the bars that have shut down are allowed to re-apply for a liquor license in a year.