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Crime scene teams scour the scene of the deadly shootout at Twin Peaks restaurant in May.

Staff photo— Rod Aydelotte, file

The Twin Peaks restaurant in Waco will be permanently closed as a result of Sunday’s deadly shooting.

“The Waco location will be closed and will not reopen,” Twin Peaks spokeswoman Meghan Hecke said by phone shortly before 5 p.m.

She said partners in the company made that decision during the course of daylong meetings that were continuing Monday evening.

Hecke said discussions continue on what to do with the Twin Peaks in Harker Heights that is owned by the same group, Peaktastic Beverage LLC. She said it remains up in the air what will be done with the building in Waco.

Earlier Monday, the Twin Peaks corporate office had revoked the franchise agreement with the Waco operation.

It released the following statement at that time: “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 revoking their franchise agreement immediately. 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 Alcoholic Beverage Commission had “summarily suspended” the Waco Twin Peaks’ liquor license as of 4 p.m. Sunday.

TABC spokeswoman Lt. Tana Travis said the TABC staff visited the site shortly after the shootout and interviewed employees and witnesses, with help from the Waco Police Department. It was at that time she informed Jay Patel, operating partner of the establishment, that his license would be suspended for seven days.

Travis said the TABC can take such action in the event of a shooting, stabbing or other violent act at a licensed establishment, especially if it is concerned about retaliation.

Twin Peaks could have operated as a food-only restaurant — not serving any beer or liquor — under the TABC license suspension, but its corporate parent removed that as an option by ending the franchise agreement and later deciding to permanently close the restaurant.

TABC has taken no action against the Twin Peaks location in Harker Heights because it is considered a separate entity with a distinct liquor permit, Travis said, but she is making inquiries about it with the Harker Heights Police Department.

Travis said she is trying to find out if it has hosted any “Biker Nights,” such as those held regularly at the Waco location.

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