Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan has obtained a court order shutting down an unlicensed, after-hours bar known as Las Palmas in a strip center near Almeda Genoa and the Gulf Freeway.
Judge Elaine Palmer of the 215th District Court of Harris County entered a temporary restraining order closing the bar at 9960 Kleckley Drive, Suite B, and ordering it to remain closed until a valid liquor license is obtained. It is a crime to sell alcohol in Texas without a license. Las Palmas was even advertising on social media that it is an after-hours bar, open from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.
According to the lawsuit, undercover vice officers with the Houston Police Department observed heavy traffic begin leaving other area bars at closing time at 2 a.m. and driving to Las Palmas. Undercover officers entered the club at 3 a.m. and purchased alcohol, even though the club had no license. There were approximately 300 to 400 people with alcoholic drinks in the club. Officers observed large tubs of ice and beer behind the main bar. All of the patrons were instructed to leave the bar and officers arrested the bar manager for selling alcohol without a license. Law enforcement reports that the bar is well-known for violent crimes, including assaults, drug dealing, and weapons disturbances.
The County’s civil lawsuit names the bar owners, the manager, and the landowner for maintaining a nuisance. The lawsuit is part of an ongoing initiative among the Office of the Harris County Attorney, law enforcement, and the City of Houston to improve neighborhoods by filing civil lawsuits against properties that harbor criminal activity.
A hearing is scheduled in the case for 1:30 p.m. on July 14.