After just making its Houston debut in September, notorious bar Bottled Blonde has earned a 30-day suspension of its liquor license.
The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission issued the temporary suspension after a failed inspection on November 15, according to the Dallas Morning News. The agency says that Bottled Blonde’s staff failed to enforce the six-foot social distancing requirement that’s outlined in Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order intended to stem the spread of COVID-19. TABC also says that patrons were walking around inside the bar unmasked, an equally serious violation of Abbott’s executive order.
It shouldn’t come as a shock that Bottled Blonde is flouting the rules considering the Arizona-born bar’s checkered history. Earlier this year, its location in Scottsdale was shuttered by the health department for not following COVID-19 guidelines. The Dallas outpost was also investigated by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission in August for violating safety protocols after videos of a crowded space full of maskless revelers went viral on social media. That investigation did not result in any penalties for Bottled Blonde.
The bar’s Chicago location has also been the center of an extensive legal battle over its operations, along with criticisms of its dress code that many patrons described as racist. After several lawsuits, the Chicago location closed permanently in July 2020.