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Jan 14, 2022

TABC Issues Emergency Order Suspending El Tucanazo’s Liquor Permit for 30 Days Following Deadly Jan. 8 Shooting

AUSTIN — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has issued an emergency order suspending the liquor permit of a Houston-area bar for 30 days following a deadly shooting that left one person dead early Jan 8.

Costa Lounge, d/b/a El Tucanazo, 7136 Clarewood Drive in Houston, was served with the 30-day emergency order Jan. 11. The suspension will remain in place for 30 days effective immediately. A hearing to affirm, amend, or set aside the order will be held the State Office of Administrative Hearings Jan. 22.

Section 11.614 of the Alcoholic Beverage Code authorizes TABC to suspend a business’ liquor license or permit for up to 90 days if it’s believed that continued operation of the business could prove a risk to public safety. During the suspension, no alcohol may be served or sold at the location.

The case remains under investigation by TABC and the Houston Police Department.

TABC Media Contact:

Chris Porter

TABC Public Information Officer