Stacy’s Sportsbar owner: 'We run a safe business'

So-called "bad bar" defends recent events

Author: Tim Gerber , Reporter, tgerber@ksat.com
Published On: Feb 10 2012 09:43:10 PM CST   Updated On: Feb 11 2012 05:54:38 PM CST
Stacy’s Sportsbar owner: "We run a safe business"
SAN ANTONIO -

Residents living near a popular pool hall and sports bar said Friday they are fed up with problems caused by the bar's customers.

Thursday night, three people who were drinking at Stacy's Sportsbar located at 3805 Blanco Road were shot after leaving the business. Two of the victims were killed a third person riding in the car with the victims was also shot.

Lucy Ramirez said the shooting was just another example of violence spilling out of the bar into the streets. She's fed up.

"I think they should close it down because there's a lot of problems in there," Ramirez said.

Ramirez has lived one block from Stacy's for the last 6 years and she's tired of the problems caused by drunken customers leaving early in the morning.

"I mean it's like every week, you know, shootings, drive-bys, people going fast through here all the time, wrecks, everything," Ramirez said.

The shooting didn't even happen at the bar or in the parking lot, but Stacy's owner said her business still gets blamed for it. She does admit the victims were drinking at her bar but they weren't involved in any trouble while there.

"They were here and they were having fun, my manager saw them," Cavazos said. "They were hugging and kissing, the young couple, and what happened from here to there we don't know."

Cavazos said she runs a safe business and can't be responsible for what happens once her customers leave.

"We don't cause no problems, we try to take care of it," Cavazos said. "This is a shopping center, it's not my parking lot so a lot of things can happen in the shopping center."

Lt. Craig Smith with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission said Stacy's Sportsbar has racked up 10 administrative violations from TABC since 2000 - including a $7,500 fine for a violent incident that occurred there last March.

Because of the history of violations and concerns raised by residents, Smith said TABC is now fighting the bar's pending liquor license which is currently up for renewal.

"There has been acts of violence there and allegations of other events," Smith said. "TABC will join the protest asking that the permit not be renewed."

Smith said SAPD is also protesting the renewal of Stacy's liquor license.
SAPD "calls for service" records indicate officers have responded to the bar at least 43 times in the past year including calls involving fights with guns and liquor law violations.

No hearing date has been set on the license renewal.