SAN ANTONIO -- Madhatters in Southtown hadn't served bottomless mimosas since 2009 after manager Joey Cuellar says the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission responded to a complaint and made the restaurant change its policy.
So when his business popped up in this San Antonio Current article, Cuellar was surprised.
“I think somebody at the current dropped the ball. They do these lists all the time, these best of’s, what have you. Somebody should do some fact checking, somebody should at least call," said Cuellar.
The San Antonio Current hasn't responded to our request for comment, but they did put an article about the de facto ban on their website Thursday evening.
TABC public information officer Chris Porter says auditors in San Antonio used the article as the jumping off point for a brief investigation into the businesses listed. He says bottomless mimosas violate section 45.103 of the TABC's administrative rules for on-premise promotions.
"Every alcoholic beverage sold in the state must be charged to the customer, so that means customers can’t go in and pay a single fee and receive unlimited alcohol as a result," said Porter.
Cuellar says he understand the rule, but his customer, Sierra Stovall, thinks people should just know when they've hit their limit.
"If someone wants to drink that much it’s their problem. Personally, people should know where their cutoff is and that’s up to them,” she said.
But, says Porter, that's the TABC's job.
“We definitely understand the public’s concerned every time a government agency comes in and tells a business not to do something," he said. "It’s not a role that we take lightly, but we do take public safety very, very seriously.
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