We’ve been all over the Yassine Enterprises scandal since before the contretemps exploded into the public consciousness.
It’s an incredibly juicy story with the Yassine family being implicated in murder, tax evasion, cocaine dealing, terrorism ties, rape allegations, money laundering, marine mammal abuse, indentured servitude, and just about any other foul behavior that humans choose to indulge in. Austin has loved reading about this sordid tale as is evidenced by the page views this site has logged when we post articles about the Yassines and their controversial behavior.
Now comes Richard Whittaker of the Austin Chronicle who has brilliantly detailed the saga of this Lebanese immigrant family and their spectacular fall from grace in Texas, USA.
It’s a compelling read. Here’s the hot link: http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2012-05-18/the-yassine-sixth-street-noir/
Whittaker leaves few stones unturned in this highly focused piece of writing.
Here are hot links to posts we authored on the Yassine scandal:
1] Cracks begin to show in Yassine’s facade last October. We were all over it http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2011/10/30/Local-Bar-Tycoons-Yassine-Enterprise-Facing-Lawsuit-From-Industry-WorkersOpens-New-Stack-Burger-Bar
2] Shit hits the fan as the raid goes down http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2012/3/22/Shit-Hits-The-Fan-Austin-Texas-Yassine-Enterprises-Raided-By-The-FBI
3] It becomes evident that, if a one hundredth of the allegations are true; the Yassines are some bad, bad men http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2012/3/27/BREAKING-NEWS-Mike-Yassine-Of-Yassine-Enterprises-In-Austin-Texas-Nightclub-Scandal
4] Just when we thought it was not possible for the story to get any more radical-it does. http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2012/4/24/Yassine-Enterprises-Scandal-Deepens-State-Of-Texas-Comptroller-Seizes-Nightclub-Property-Roial
5] One of the lesser lights of the Yassine crew vanishes http://www.scrumptiouschef.com/food/2012/5/2/Weve-Got-A-Runner-Karim-Faiq-Of-Yassine-Enterprises-Crew-Is-First-To-Flee
Big hat tip to Gary Dinges for his early, yeoman work on this case. And a bow to Richard Whittaker, he tore into the tale like a starving hound dog. That guy can really write, which is something we always take note of in this old town.