Parents suing Texas Chili Parlor, claim restaurant overserved their daughter before her death


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Two parents are suing the Texas Chili Parlor in downtown Austin, claiming the restaurant over served alcohol to their daughter before her March 28 death.

According to the lawsuit, Douglas and Rebecca Saathoff, say their daughter Jessica was at the venue and was served alcohol despite being visibly intoxicated.

The parents say that later, on the night of March 28, Jessica left the Texas Chili Parlor, located at 1409 Lavaca St., and while riding her bicycle, was struck by a vehicle head-on while traveling eastbound on Martin Luther King Boulevard.

The lawsuit states that while Jessica didn’t die instantly, she suffered “extreme physical pain and mental anguish” before succumbing to her injuries.

KXAN spoke with a source close to the case, who denied over serving her.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, or TABC, also said it investigated and did not find any violations. The investigation was closed, saying the restaurant did not over serve or over sell to Saathoff.

According to the TABC, the commission has only ever received one other complaint against the Chili Parlor. It was in December of 2008. Someone complained that one of the restaurant’s bartenders became intoxicated, however, the TABC didn’t find any violations in that case, either.

The Saathoffs are suing for more than $1,000,000 for past and future loss, past and future mental anguish and grief, all expenses related to the death and court costs.

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