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Two popular Austin bars sued for over-serving alcohol

Two popular Austin bars sued for over-serving alcohol

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Lustre Pearl is among the bars facing a lawsuit. Courtesy of Lustre Pearl

KVUE — Two popular Austin bars are being sued for over-serving alcohol to drivers who were then involved in fatal accidents.

Our exclusive content partners at the Austin American-Statesman report the parents of two men who died in separate drunk driving accidents are suing Lustre Pearl on Rainey Street and the Blind Pig Pub on Sixth Street because they believe they over-served people who then drove their sons.

W. Gary and Mary E. Whittington filed lawsuits against driver Madeline Rackley, Lustre Pearl, two bartenders and the bar's owners, Bridget Dunlap and Chris Parker.

According to the Statesman, court documents say the two bars and their employees served alcohol to "clearly intoxicated" drivers. When the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission investigated in March, it found that Lustre Pearl did in fact over-serve one of the drivers.


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