Waco Twin Peaks’ Franchise Agreement Revoked After Shooting

Waco Twin Peaks / AP


On Sunday, a deadly shooting between rival biker gangs broke out at the Waco, Texas location of Twin Peaks restaurant.

Twin Peaks corporate released a statement Monday revoking the Waco location's franchise agreement, according to NBC affiliate KCEN.

We are in the people business and the safety of the employees and guests in our restaurants is priority one. Unfortunately the management team of the franchised restaurant in Waco chose to ignore the warnings and advice from both the police and our company, and did not uphold the high security standards we have in place to ensure everyone is safe at our restaurants. We will not tolerate the actions of this relatively new franchisee and are immediately revoking their franchise agreement. Our sympathies continue to be with the families of those who died and are very thankful no employees, guests, police officers or bystanders were hurt or injured.

The Texas Alcohol Beverage Commission had already issued a seven-day suspension of Twin Peaks' license following the shooting, which left nine dead and 18 injured.

The Waco Police Department had warned Twin Peaks about biker gangs, and that if the restaurant had worked with police, the incident could have been prevented.

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Caroline Lee Smith is news editor of the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, she worked as a reporter and editor for United Press International. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2012, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Mississippian. Caroline lives in Washington, D.C. Her Twitter handle is @cmlee. She can be reached at smith@freebeacon.com.

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