A Knox-Henderson bar known for its themed pop-ups had its liquor license suspended after investigators found it violated COVID-19 guidelines, according to Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission documents.

The Whippersnapper at 1806 McMillan Ave. is prohibited from selling alcohol for 30 days. A second violation would lead to a 60-day suspension.

The Whip was cited for being open, despite Dallas County orders that bars must remain closed. It had no violations for occupancy or protocols.

On Oct. 14, Gov. Greg Abbott permitted bars to reopen at 50 percent capacity at the discretion of the county judge. Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has not allowed bars to reopen at this time.

However, TABC rules allow bars to reopen if they reclassify as a restaurant. The Whip has not applied for a food and beverage certificate but plans to do so now.

“We didn’t have our paperwork in line for the reclassification,” co-owner Brandon Hays said. “This was an oversight on our part as we had it done for our space next door, and it just didn’t get filed for Whip. We are working with the TABC (they’ve been great to work with) and we are getting our paperwork filed.”

The Whip is closed for now but hopes to reopen in seven to 10 business days.

The bar was among six Texas businesses that received a suspension Tuesday for violating COVID-19 health and safety rules


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