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We’re Proud to Work with The Blue Light in Dallas!

Every now and then, we at LaBarba Permit Service like to profile some of the establishments we work with throughout Texas that are making their mark in their cities and in the news. Today we’re profiling The Blue Light Dallas, a brand new country-focused music venue in Deep Ellum. Bands come in playing a mixture of Southern rock, blues and straight-up country, and it already has an impressive live music schedule lined up in the coming weeks and months.

The inaugural show for the concert hall took place on Friday, October 19, with singer Dalton Domino and his band. The Lubbock-based performer lit up the 24- by 16-foot stage, and the packed house featured people dancing in front of the stage and others enjoying food and drinks while the band filled up the room with purely Texan sounds, including guitar, fiddle, organ and drums.

It was a great start for the venue, which is already making its mark on the local music scene. We’re so pleased to have been able to help them procure their TABC license in Dallas, TX!

A unique new space

The Blue Light’s original location is in Lubbock, and the 5,000 square-foot venue located in Deep Ellum bears a striking resemblance to that original spot in many ways. The first location, Blue Light Live, has hosted a variety of well-known regional country artists, including Wade Bowen, Josh Abbott and William Clark Green.

The wall mural on the back of the space was painted by a Lubbock-based guitarist for the band No Dry County, Bristen Phillips. It features landscape scenery of northwest Texas, and is complemented with a pair of Texas Tech flags hanging high from the ceiling over the stage. The bar is a rustic wood-paneled piece with a Coca-Cola sign painted over it.

Taking a walk around the main room, you’ll find other examples of cowboy art and knickknacks, including a Lone Star beer sign pinned onto the red brick walls of the facility.

Opening night was a huge success for the new bar and concert hall. The space holds up to 400 patrons at once, and it appeared to be very nearly full for its first show. There are more than a dozen wooden high-top tables to sit at, and a whole lot of floor space for people who want to be closer to the action and enjoy some dancing. And of course, like the original Blue Light location, it’s not just a bar—there’s a menu featuring favorites like sliders, tamales and other smaller food items perfect for this type of casual setting.

The atmosphere is aided by the blue lighting that surrounds the stage before the music begins—a nod to the name of the facility.

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the owners of The Blue Light Dallas to get it up and running and to make sure it had the proper TABC license in Dallas, TX in place before opening. We wish them great success moving forward, including many nights of packed houses for some good old country music and dancing!

What You Need to Know About a Late Hours Permit

If you intend to operate a bar or retail location that sells alcohol late at night, you need what’s called a late hours license. This license authorizes a retail dealer’s on-premise licensee or a wine and beer retailer’s permittee to continue selling and serving beer, wine and ale between the hours of 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Sunday and between 12 p.m. and 2 a.m. on any other day.

Here’s the information as it reads from TABC:

ON-PREMISE LICENSE OR PERMIT (E.G. BAR OR RESTAURANT)

  • Monday-Friday: 7am-midnight
  • Saturday: 7am-1am (Sunday morning)
  • Sunday: Noon to midnight. (10am-noon only in conjunction with the service of food)
  • If the establishment is in a city or county legal for late hours, and they have a late hours permit, they can sell alcohol for on-premise consumption until 2am any night of the week.

Why do these late-night restrictions exist?

Texas is more conservative than many other states in the nation with regard to its alcohol sales laws, but unlike some other states it does not have any rules that prohibit the sale of alcohol on Sundays (this can vary on a county or municipality level).

In general, any local, state or national policies that limit the hours during which alcoholic beverages can be made available for sale are put in place as a means of reducing excessive alcohol consumption and any related harm that goes along with it.

So if the entire goal is to get people drinking less alcohol, why would the state offer extended-hour permits on some days of the week for qualifying retailers?

Keep in mind that these TABC permits in Dallas, TX only extend hours of sale by one hour on Saturday nights/Sunday mornings and by two hours every other day. There have been numerous studies that closely looked into the effects of these types of laws and permits, and in many of them, the evidence indicated that changes of less than two hours for alcohol sale times were unlikely to significantly effect excessive alcohol consumption and related harm. Similar studies also found sufficient evidence to conclude increasing hours of sale by more than two hours, however, does increase alcohol-related harm, which is why these extended hours are up to but no more than two hours past their normal selling times for businesses that have the extended-hour permits.

The studies did also found that policies that decrease hours of sale by two or more hours at alcohol outlets can be an effective strategy for preventing alcohol-related harm. The line the state has to walk is determining what’s best for these businesses while also maintaining the safety of their customers and the general public.

If you’re interested in getting a late hours permit but don’t know where to start or how to ensure your permit application will be accepted, contact the consultants at LaBarba Permit Service. We have been helping area business owners since 1965 and can assist you in getting your TABC permit in Dallas, TX.

Our Longtime Client Eddie “Lucky” Campbell Finds Success in the Restaurant Industry

It’s always a joy when we see our clients get recognized in local media for some of the things they’ve accomplished. Recently a longtime client of ours, Eddie “Lucky” Campbell, was profiled in the Dallas Observer. As a licensing agency in Dallas, TX, we’ve helped Eddie get his TABC licenses for almost all of his locations in Dallas, and have had an excellent working relationship with him and his partners for many years.

Today, Eddie is the owner of Standard Pour, an uptown bar with a whole lot of character. According to the article in the Observer, Eddie seemed almost destined to be a bar owner or restaurateur since he was a child.

One of Eddie’s early bar-related memories came on a day one summer before school had started. Eddie grew up on a military base while his mother served in the Marines. One day he was out at a restaurant and saw his father in the officer’s club there. There was a large group of men with in him in a sort of private gentlemen’s-only type room. Later that night he asked his dad what was going on, and he told Eddie it was happy hour.

Eddie was immediately intrigued by the energy of that group and the camaraderie they shared together. It is that sort of camaraderie that has been at the root of his work with his own bar all these years later.

Humble beginnings

Eddie got his start in the industry as a 14-year-old dishwasher, moving up to be a host at Bennigan’s at age 16, then taking on additional tasks with another restaurant at age 18. He stepped away from the industry for a bit and moved to Dallas at age 24, with the goal of building houses. But it wasn’t long before his childhood dream of starting his own bar and restaurant came calling once again. He worked in front-of-house roles around various Dallas restaurants, and eventually landed a bartending gig at Culpepper in Rockwall.

Since then, Eddie has worked all over Dallas, but the urge to open his own place was strong. He opened Chesterfield in downtown Dallas, but had a poor selection of partners and it didn’t work out.

But he gave it another shot. When Parliament became available, he and a business partner took it over. That place is still running in Uptown, just blocks away from Standard Pour.

He had another expensive mistake when his purchase of the Knuckle Sandwich Co. flopped, but finally had the opportunity late last year to take over Standard Pour. He began making small improvements almost immediately, and it has so far been a big hit. It’s a comfortable bar that provides people with a good selection of cocktails and beers and good food—simple, yet effective.

All of us at LaBarba Permit Service are proud of Eddie for continuing to deliver excellence to the Dallas bar and restaurant scene, and look forward to working with him as his trusted licensing agency in Dallas, TX for many years to come!

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