The Hidden Door bar faces closing its doors for 40 days or a fine of up to $12,000 for Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission violations.
Bill Loveless, an employee for almost nine years, filed a complaint with the TABC after a bar fight with another employee on Dec. 9 ended with a trip to the emergency room and him needing 12 staples in his head.
Loveless had argued with the employee, Mark Kirby, before and said Kirby caused trouble. But that night the two went beyond words and began fighting. Kirby took a glass beer mug and repeatedly beat Loveless over the head with it, according to a Dallas police report.
Kirby was later arrested for aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury.
When the bar’s owner, Tony Bobrow, wouldn’t pay Loveless’ medical bills or report the incident to TABC, he hired an attorney and filed paperwork. He was then fired in February after the bar received the paperwork.
Bobrow did not return calls seeking comment.
The TABC started the investigation in March and concluded in mid-April that the bar was in violation for an aggravated breach and failure to report the incident.
Carolyn Beck, spokeswoman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, said an aggravated breach is an incident that involves a shooting, a stabbing or a fight that causes serous bodily injury and results from action on behalf of the bar, like a fight among employees, or inaction from the bar, such as not breaking up a fight before it becomes serious.