The Harris County Attorney's Office is trying to shut down a south-central Houston nightclub that's been the scene of recent shootings and robberies, in addition to selling alcohol without a license.
A Harris County District Court judge on Tuesday signed a temporary restraining order against Dixie Warehouse, at 3365 Dixie Drive, which is "notorious for criminal activity and violence," according to a motion for temporary and permanent injunctions filed Tuesday in Harris County District Court.
The converted warehouse's parking lot was the scene of an October 12 shooting, where bullets flew into a neighbor's kitchen window; an October 16 gunpoint robbery of a patron; and a February 4 shooting that critically injured a 19-year-old man, according to the motion.
The suit also claims that the club advertised "drunkfests" and "drink offs [promising patrons that 'no one leaves sober'....The social media ads also promote overcrowding of the venue, boasting of large crowds ('over 1,000 expected') and showing long lines to get into the club....Further, the club advertises it is open after 2 a.m. during prohibited hours, also a violation of the [Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission]." (A July promotion, filed as an exhibit, also announced a "$300 twerk-off" — not too shabby.)
In addition to finding a semiautomatic handgun, undercover vice officers on October 20 scored some delicious-sounding Hawaiian punch-and-vodka cocktails from two bartenders, one of whom was a juvenile. Both were arrested and charged with selling alcohol without a license. One other employee was charged with a misdemeanor liquor violation; six employees in all are named in the suit.
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Roughly 300 people filled the warehouse, according to one officer's affidavit, "with many appearing to be juveniles/teens."
The club had been planning an October 28 "Fright Night Houston" Halloween party ("3,000+ expected"), but it's unclear if it's still on.
A temporary injunction is set for October 27.
No contact information was immediately available for the defendants, and it's unclear if they have attorneys.