Report from TABC: Las Colinas Prime is Closed and Criminal Charges Have Been Filed

Las Colinas Prime is closed.
Las Colinas Prime is now closed.

Last week when I talked with the TABC about Twisted Vine, I asked Agent Holloway if he knew anything about the ongoing investigation of Las Colinas Prime. He transferred me to Agent Joe Garcia. If you read Costa’s transcript you will remember Agent Garcia. Here is an quick recap and updated status.

In July I reported Republic Restaurant in Las Colinas had changed their name to Las Colinas Prime. In the comments section, readers reported some shady activities going on at LCP. I finally tracked down Michael Costa, the man responsible for running LCP for owner Bill McCrorey, and printed the entire transcript of our conversation.  Costa denied he was arrested by the TABC. When I contacted the TABC, they said otherwise. I sent the transcripts and all of the SideDish posts to the TABC.

Las Colinas Prime is now closed but the investigation into Costa and McCrorey is still open. There is a hearing scheduled for mid-October. The original investigation has spun off in a couple of other directions (health code violations for one) and the whole deal is getting very complicated. Agent Garcia confirmed that criminal charges have been filed against Michael Costa and Bill McCrorey for “possession of an un-invoiced alcoholic beverage.” (Section 28.06 of the law states punishment is “not less than 30 days and not more than 2 years.”) Whether or not they do jail time depends on the judge. Costa was also charged with “evading arrest with the use of a vehicle” which is a “state jail felony.” Agent Garcia says Costa could “go to pen for six months to two years.”

UPDATE: I forgot to copy and paste the rest of the story. According to a police report on filed on September 22, Bill McCrorey’s wife “threatened complainant with death and fired a gun at complainant [Bill]… Threatened to kill complainant and used a firearm and shot at complainant. Complainant was in fear for his life.” (thanks to alert Disher, JW)


  • rojo

    Saw moving vans and what appeared to be stage lighting when I passed on my way to the office this morning… any idea what that’s about?

  • b

    Finally Costa and jail time mentioned in the same sentence, please tell me It’s so.
    He is such a snake he’ll wiggle out of it some way.

    This has made my week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jenn

    Rojo- I saw that this morning, too. There was also a handmade sign that said “Crew” and had an arrow pointing into the parking lot. Nancy, can you find out any more info?

  • DALLASChef

    Nancy- Any word if this investigation includes getting their employees paid??

  • No word on employees.

  • tony gardizi

    happy days costa is going away from dallas rest: thank god plz let the charges take hime away

  • Sweet daddy K

    crooks without cooks is what they should have called the place, for everyones info nothing will ever survive in this location to to no exit…..

  • “Crew” refers to a film shoot. The space must be being used as a location.

  • Snarkman

    McCrory’s wife may try to shoot some holes in this story. Apparently she has an itchy trigger finger.

  • G Bertram

    Looks like that snake-oil salesman Costa has finally burned through all 9 of his lives…if he suckered MrCrory like he did so many others, then I hope MCCrory finds a way out of this, if McCrory was in it with him the whole way, then I hope they both get bunked up the biggest, baddest most sexually twisted inmate in the joint!

  • curmudgeon

    Ahhh…the restaurant business, you gotta love it.

  • NewYear

    Payback’s a bitch isn’t it Michael? Write to all your employees and tell them how uncomfortable the beds are in prison. It still doesn’t make up for the lost wages, but it’s as close to satisfaction we’re gonna get.

    There’s a warm spot in hell, waiting for you.

  • maglite

    They are filming a “romantic comedy”. My husband and I walked right in last night as they were putting the equipment away. That’s all the info anyone would offer.

  • maglite

    Oh, and we walked right in only because we went to get a drink and had not realized the place had closed down and we had never been before so we thought we’d check it out.

  • b

    After thinking about it I hope Costa runs, he has done that in the past.
    I would like to see them stack more charges on the dumg ass.

  • SDM

    tons of cars last night in the parking lot, could be the filming that maglite mentions. I didn’t pay attention tonight. a for lease sign was out in front last week but I believe was gone last night?

  • Nickamarie

    Sad situation…my heart goes out to all the employees involved and the vendors….

  • jim

    did any of you not know that Bill McCrory was busted selling drugs log before this and to reduce his sentnece he turned in all his best friends cold. thats right, bill rolled on his friend and even collected evidence against them. why are you surprised that he ran a shady business now?