City Council considering bar lawsuit

By: Daniela Fierro Email
By: Daniela Fierro Email

Council members will discuss the issue with City Attorney Raul Casso at a closed session of City Council on Monday night.

Council members will discuss the issue with City Attorney Raul Casso at a closed session of City Council on Monday night.

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS) - A city task force raids several bars incorrectly zoned as restaurants.

Monday's city council meeting discussed plans to take legal action against them.

City attorney Raul Casso said some of the places calling themselves restaurants did not have working kitchens.

The raid done by the city found seven places selling alcohol and operating in the wrong zone.

Three of those places were also unregistered businesses.

And seven had minors in possession of alcohol.

All problems, they say, come when establishments function without a proper permit or set up in the wrong zone.

The most recent online zoning rules says restaurants can sell alcohol in some zones like B4.

A local bar operator explains.

In total 13 bars were raided.

The council is looking for a court order to get those places accused of selling alcohol into compliance with local zoning and code ordinances.

On Monday's meeting, Councilmen Vela mentioned new measures the city has already taken for future zoning will eventually do away with this problem.

The locations cited are bars that were grandfathered into those zones.


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