Lusture Pearl Controversy

Lustre Pearl told to pay massive fines or lose liquor license after fatal accident

Future of Rainey Street's Lustre Pearl decided after fatal accident

KVUE — State agents with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission have reached a resolution with Lustre Pearl regarding the suspension of the bar's liquor license following a fatal wreck in 2012.

According to the TABC, the Austin bar's license will be suspended for 45 days, or in lieu of suspension, the business has the option to pay a fine of $900 per day for a total of $40,500. If the fine is not paid, the permit will be suspended for 45 days beginning December 25, 2013.

"In addition to the suspension or civil penalty, added conditions above and beyond those required by law have been placed on the permit," a press released stated. "One condition prohibits daily drink specials which include a beer and a shot combination for a set price. The second condition mandates that management maintain sufficient staffing levels required to effectively monitor the consumption of their patrons."

The recommendation to revoke Lustre Pearl's license came after a woman left the bar last year and crashed into Lady Bird Lake killing a passenger in her backseat.

Madeline Rackley is charged with intoxication manslaughter in the July 1, 2012 incident.

Jarrett Ryan Whittington, 25, a Texas State graduate and tennis player who worked for the United States Tennis Association drowned in the crash.

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Lustre Pearl faces steep fines or have their liquor license revoked for 45-days. Courtesy of Lustre Pearl
Jarrett Ryan Whittington
Jarrett Ryan Whittington, 25, died after the car he was riding in drove into Lady Bird Lake. Photo courtesy of KVUE