A Breakdown Of How Much Money Was Spent On Booze At The Top Bars, Clubs, Restaurants, Venues And Hotels Within Dallas Proper In June 2018.
Welcome to Bar Raised, our recurring column that proves that Texans like to spend copious amounts of their income participating in the Great American Pastime. We know this because, as Reddit user BadLemur once pointed out, the Texas Comptroller keeps tabs on that sort of thing and makes all that info public record. Any establishment in the state that holds a Mixed Beverage license must report all sales revenue generated from the sale of liquor, beer and wine at their establishments on a monthly basis. The comptroller, in turn, puts all that info into a conveniently navigable database. And then we break down Dallas’ numbers for you here.
Folks in Dallas spent more than $77 million on booze in Dallas bars and restaurants in June. That’s a lot! But before we reveal this month’s biggest seller’s, let’s take a quick swim through the month’s biggest, booziest stories.
First up, one Dallas-area bar will soon be no more. The Local Public House in Plano has agreed to voluntarily give up its liquor license, signaling an end to its operating run fast-approaching on the horizon. Bringing the joint under fire with the TABC is the fact that it was the last place Spencer Hight where had been seen drinking before killing his estranged wife and seven of her guests during a Dallas Cowboys watching party last year in the worst mass murder in Plano’s history.
Fortunately, other doors are opening as that chapter closes.
On a more positive note, Four Corners Brewery has been acquired by Constellation Brands. The third-largest such company in the U.S., they also own brands like Corona, Modelo and Pacifico. Four Corners’ La Lotteria-themed brews should fit right in along with those other Latin flavors.
Speaking of breweries: The Bachelor host Chris Harrison has opened a new joint called Steam Theory Brewing Company in Trinity Groves. One Final Rose IPA, anyone?
Finally, there’s some dollars that won’t show up in that $77 million total — because the transaction went down in a liquor store, and not at a restaurant. Still, it’s worth noting that recently disgraced ex-Dallas mayor pro-tem Dwaine Caraway, who just pleaded guilty to federal corruption charges, admitted that he often cashed large checks at liquor stores to keep them off the books. That’s an ender!
Now, onto the legit books.
2. SALC, INC. (Hilton Anatole):1,076,052
3. HAPPIEST HOUR, LLC: $754,947.00
4. EPIC ABS LLC (The Statler): $686,867.00
5. DFB CAPITAL LLC (Katy Trail Ice House): $589,692.00
6. OMNI DALLAS CONVENTION CENTER: $588,855.00
7. MOXIE’S GRILL & BAR: $584,695.00
8. NICK & SAM’S STEAK & FISH HOUSE: $469,210.00
9. BABY DOLLS TOPLESS SALOON: $456,657.00
10. COWBOY’S RED RIVER: $447,102.00
11. LEVY RESTAURANTS (Dallas Market Center): $433,217.00
12. STIRR: $416,159.00
13. ESCAPADE 2001 DALLAS: $415,030.00
14. HOSPITALITY INTERNATIONAL INC. (The Ritz Carlton): $409,358.00
15. COOL RIVER CAFÉ: $402,678.00
16. HG SPLY CO.: $387,314.00
17. ROUNDUP SALOON: $384,011.00
18. OJOS LOCOS SPORTS CATINA: $380,222.00
19. THE RUSTIC: $372,864.00
20. JOULE BEVERAGE LLC.: $370,806.00
Total alcohol sales in Dallas in June 2018: $77,282,802.
Last month’s total: $76,920,701.