AUSTIN – State agents with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission are recommending that the liquor license for Lustre Pearl bar be revoked 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.
“Ryan was a responsible and caring and a giving adult and he knew well that he should not be driving. He simply made a mistake in judgment and got into the wrong car at the wrong time and it cost him his life,” said Steve Cobb, a former boss and friend of Whittington.
Captain Harry Nanos with the TABC wouldn’t go into the details of the evidence found during the investigation but he told KVUE the agencies' attorneys would not make a recommendation to cancel a liquor license without solid evidence.
“We are suggesting that there was over-service, that they sold to an obviously intoxicated person,” said Nanos to KVUE Friday.
Bridge Dunlap, the owner of Lustre Pearl told KVUE in a phone call Friday evening that while she knew about the TABC investigation she was shocked to learn about the recommendation.
The TABC also told KVUE that this incident could impact the liquor permits for Dunlap’s two other establishments on Rainey Street, Bar 96 and Clive Bar.
“If you're having trouble maintaining control of this permit, and we are going against this permit, and we are saying you don't control your premises very well, it's hard to say that you're doing okay here. But you don't do well here so it could potentially have an impact on the other permits as well,” Nanos said.
A state administrative judge will have the final say on Lustre Pearl’s liquor license, however, no hearing has been set as of now.