Well, after guest bartending at several of these venues during my past life, I can’t really say I’m surprised to see this. I’d be curious to hear feedback from anyone else that has been “behind the curtain” at these establishments….
The Downtown Austin nightlife scene is about to radically change: the bartenders at these clubs are among the best in the city and they’re all going to be looking for jobs. The locations that are mentioned here are some of the best in the city and new owners are going to be snapping them up.
Interesting times in the ATX for sure.
AUSTIN (KXAN) – An FBI raid of four downtown nightclubs has left 10 people with federal charges — including firearms, money laundering and drug trafficking that allegedly dates back to October 2008.
Hussein Ali Yassine, his two brothers and their executive assistant were in the group of at least five people arrested in connection to the FBI raid on several Sixth Streets bars between Neches and Trinity streets.
Hussein is also known as Mike Yassine, who owns multiple bars in the Sixth Street District and other areas of downtown.
People arrested in FBI raid
- Hussein Ali Yassine, also known as “Mike”
- Mohammed Ali Yassine, also known as “Steve,” “Steve Austin” and “Hammudih”
- Hadi Ali Yassine
- Marisse Marthe Ruales, also known as ” Madi”
- Alejandro Melendrez, also known as “Alex” and “Cueta”
- Amar Thabet Araf
- Sami Derder, general manager of Roial
- Edgar Orsini
- Nizar Hakiki, also known as “Nino”
- Karim Faiq
Four people are facing federal cocaine charges — one including distribution of the drug. Another person has a firearms drug charge in connection to drug trafficking.
Representatives from both agencies confirmed that they were conducting operations at Treasure Island Bar, Kiss & Fly, Pure and Fuel — each owned by Yassine Enterprises.
Mike Lemoine, a special agent with the Internal Revenue Service, said his agency along with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, the State Comptroller’s Office and federal drug agents were also assisting in the operation. The Austin Police Department helped the FBI in the raid.
There will be federal hearings Thursday on these cases.
Founded in 1996, Yassine Enterprises is owned by Yassine. It’s headquarters is located at 213 West Fourth St.
Venues listed on the Yassine Enterprises website
- Hyde 213 West Fourth St.
- Kiss and Fly 404 Colorado St.
- Roial 120 West Fifth St.
- Pure 419 East Sixth St.
- Malaia 300 East Sixth St.
- Spill 212 East Sixth St.
- Fuel 607 Trinity St.
- Treasure Island 413 East Sixth St.
- Stack Burger Bar 208 West Fourth St.
A lawsuit filed in September over labor laws was upgraded to a class-action in January. The suit names Roial, Malaia, Treasure Island, Kiss & Fly, Qua, Spill, and Pure and alleges that the clubs paid employees from tips pooled by the bar and servers without properly paying them their minimum wage salary.
The original suit alleges that the company that owns the clubs, Yassine LLC, did not pay the minimum $2.13 tip credit rate.