On Saturday, agents from the state comptroller's office visited Pearl Bar on Washington Avenue and seized money from the bar's cash registers as part of a move to claim approximately $40,000 in mixed beverage and franchise taxes. As reported by the Houston Press's Rocks Off blog, the comptroller's office has been attempting to collect from Pearl since July 2012. The Press also reports that Pearl is on the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission's "delinquent list" of accounts that owe money to a liquor distributor or wholesaler.
The news that Pearl is in trouble had led to an examination of the state of the Washington scene. While bars such as Kung Fu continue to thrive, the lack of parking and greater fun to be had in spots such as Upper Kirby mean that most of the crowd has moved on to greener pastures. While that's probably a welcome development for the people that live near there, it means that the citizens of Houston are denied more videos shot by Guns and Tacos of people peeing in his yard.
· Comptroller: Pearl Bar Owes More Than $40K In Taxes [Rocks Off]
· UPDATED: Pearl Bar Visited By Comptroller Saturday Night [Rocks Off]
· What Has Happened to Washington Avenue? [Rocks Off]
· Caught Watering Ditches: Your Latest Photo Guide To Off-Washington-Ave Nightlife [Swamplot]
· Credit Law Complete Delinquent List [TABC]