HOUSTON – A lawsuit has been filed after a Brays Oaks after-hours club was shut down last month.
Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan obtained a court order to close Insomnia, which he alleges is an unlicensed, after-hours bar at the corner of Bissonnet Street and the Southwest Freeway.
The bar at 9301 Bissonnet is ordered to remain closed until a valid liquor license is obtained.
The bar advertises on social media that is it an after-hours bar open from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m., which is illegal in Texas, according to the lawsuit.
Undercover officers with the Houston Police Department purchased alcohol at the club on May 25, even though the club had no license, according to the lawsuit.
Approximately 150 people were found in the club with alcoholic drinks at 3 a.m., the lawsuit states.
That day, all patrons were ordered to leave and officers arrested the bar manager and two bartenders.
The bar is notorious for violent crimes, drug dealing, weapons disturbances and human trafficking, according to law enforcement officers who are familiar with the area.
The lawsuit is part of an ongoing initiative by the Brays Oaks Management District, the Harris County Attorney’s Office and the Houston Police Department to improve neighborhoods by filing civil lawsuits against properties that harbor criminal activity.
A June 23 hearing is scheduled in the case.