Hollywood Tavern is one of the oldest continuously operating taverns in the Lone Star State, and it is no longer run by the same owners.
In late 2018, The American Conservatives reported that the restaurant was under threat from a series of lawsuits filed by local and state governments.
Since then, the bar has experienced a series “tortuous” court cases, according to an article from the Texas Tribune.
It’s a situation that the owners of Hollywood Tavern say is not uncommon in Texas, where bar owners are sued by local governments.
“You don’t see it as a big deal,” said Steve Goggin, who owns the bar and is the father of its current owner, James Gogins.
“It’s just the way the law is.”
In one case, the Goggins were sued by the City of Lubbock after they denied them a liquor license to operate a bar at their property.
The Goggins were then sued by state lawmakers who accused them of “failing to pay their taxes, illegally obtaining a liquor permit and violating state law by failing to pay state licensing fees.”
Goggin told the Tribune that the bar’s current owners are not the only ones in trouble with the law.
“We’re getting a lot of calls from other bar owners who’ve had their licenses taken away,” he said.
“This bar is the Wild Wild West.
They’re going to have to deal with the courts to prove what they did was legal.”
The bar is located at 936 E. Sixth St. in Lubbocks, Texas.
Lubbock has been sued several times by the city, including by the former owner of the Lubboo City Limits, whose license was revoked in May 2017.
Lubbocks officials say that the Gocigans violated city regulations by serving alcohol without a license, but the bar owner says the city is not the proper venue to sue them.
The Lubboos lawsuit is not related to any lawsuit the Goggins have filed against the city or other bar operators in the state, said city spokesman Chris Hahn.