Former Yassine bars to re-open under new owners



Posted on January 9, 2013 at 5:22 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 9 at 5:45 PM

AUSTIN -- Several of the downtown Austin bars seized from the Yassine brothers are set to reopen under new owners.

Wednesday the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC) issued four new permits for the following bars:

- Bourbon Girl at 212 E. 6th Street, the former site of Spill    
- 413 Bar at 413 E. 6th Street, the former site of Treasure Island        
- Chicago House at 607 Trinity, the former site of Fuel    
- Castro's Warehouse at 213 W. 4th Street, the former site of Hyde

The TABC also cancelled permits for five additional businesses owned by the Yassines: Malaia, Kiss & Fly, Roial, Pure and Stack Burger.

Brothers Mike, Steve, and Hadi Yassine were accused of using their nine downtown nightclubs as a front. Federal agents raided those clubs back in March 2012 after months of paying the Yassines' cousin "Mo" to record their conversations.

This past October, Mike and Hadi were found guilty on all counts of money laundering. Mike had been charged with four counts; Hadi was charged with three.

Steve Yassine was found not guilty on a single count.