Uptown Dallas restaurant and bar forced to shut down again over classification dispute

A Dallas fire marshal forced a crowded Uptown Dallas business establishment to shut down again Thursday night amid disagreed over whether it should be considered as a bar or as a restaurant.
 
The incident took place at the Harris’ House of Heroes Wednesday night when the police officers were called out to deal with a large crowd. A similar thing happened last Sunday as well.
 
On Wednesday, Dallas police got a call to the establishment wherein the caller called for a fight. There was no fight but the officers sent everyone home.
 
There were 200 people in 1,000-square-feet of space in the bar owned by former NFL player D’Vante Harris’ family. They said they have maintained the indoor occupancy constraint for restaurants, which is 25 people and an unlimited number of people outside because of no limit on outdoor dining.
 
But the state guidelines clearly state those tables to be spread out and no more than six people to be seated at each table.
 
CEO Tezlyn Harris said “It did. It looked bad. But if they checked our numbers, we were in compliance,” 
 

The property owner John Walsh said, “If you have to have two squad cars outside breaking up a crowd, is that responsible? I don’t know,”
 
Harris’ House of Heroes was not given any warning, violation or citation despite complaints and subsequent inspections.
 
According to their occupancy certificate with the city, their business is registered as a bar so it should not be allowed to open now. But as per Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission (TABC), it is a restaurant because food accounts have more than 51% of its sales.
 
TABC is now working on this case and trying to find if Harris’ House of Heroes is a bar or not.
 
Owner said they are following state guidelines.

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