Fight against Dallas night club gains another ally

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on February 19, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 20 at 11:46 PM

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DALLAS — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is joining the fight to revoke the liquor permit of Far West, a Lakewood-area night club.

Far West has been a source of frustration for some of its neighbors. Fifteen neighborhood associations were joined by two Dallas City Council members in filing a protest against the club last November.

Dolores Wolfe represents the neighborhood associations and also lives near Far West. "Frankly, they have been a bad neighbor," she said. "In addition to the community seeking the license revocation, TABC is now front row seeking the revocation themselves."

According to a letter sent to the owners of the club, legal and field investigations determined that TABC must also protest the [liquor] application.

Those behind the club's protest have collected dozens of complaints against the club and police reports at the location. In Wolfe's view, the club is a nuisance.

"The goal is to see Far West far gone," she said.

The owner of Far West, Alfredo Hinojosa, told News 8 in a previous report that he has tried to be a good neighbor.

When we spoke to him by phone on Sunday night, he said the club has addressed all complaints and new requirements issued by Dallas police and Dallas Fire-Rescue. He added that the last six months have been problem-free.

The case will now be considered by the State Office of Administrative Hearings in Dallas, where a judge will decide the fate of the club's liquor permits. A date for the hearing has not been set, but both sides told News 8 they are looking forward to their day in court.

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com

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