Burbank: Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill has been sold. City officials announced the sale on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021. The sale and escrow closed Tuesday on the property at 2423 West Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank. The new owner is listed as 'Old Fashioned Investment, LLC.'
The eatery was run by restaurant owner Baret Lepejian's sons. The seller, Lepejian's ex-wife Isabelle, obtained possession of the eatery last month, and initiated and completed an eviction against the restaurant. She is the mother of Lucas Lepejian, who fought against the COVID-19 health mandates that affected the business. The eviction was not related to the actions taken by an L.A. Superior Court judge in regards to an injunction and sanction against Tinhorn Flats' operating company Barfly, Inc. on April 9, 2021, due to lack of operating permits.
20-yer-old Lucas Lepejian brought attention to the restaurant when he resisted adhering to coronavirus health mandates. On March 12, 2021, a judge authorized the city of Burbank to disconnect the electricity of Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill because they remained open in defiance of a court order that was issued Monday. Four days later, on March 16, a judge had granted the city of Burbank permission to padlock the doors at Tinhorn Flats after they were removed by the eatery in hopes that it would not be locked by the city of Burbank. Once the doors were installed that night, the doors were padlocked by the city. The hasp on the side patio door was cut the next morning, around 11 a.m., according to Tinhorn's social media posts, and the location was open for St. Patrick's Day specials from 12-9:00 p.m. Burbank police and fire departments were called just after 6:30 p.m. for a report of overcrowding at the location.
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On Thursday, April 1, 2021, around 7:00 p.m., Lucas was released from Burbank jail after being arrested for violation of his restraining order for being on the property of the restaurant.
Lucas Lepejian's father Baret, who lives in Thailand, said he supported his children's actions amid the pandemic. He also said he vows not to pay the approximately $50, 000 in fines levied against the business.
Key News reported on the Tinhorn Flats stories that started in March and include video footage of interviews with Lucas Lepejian. The first report from Key News can be found here, then click on the following highlighted links for the second, third, fourth, and fifth reports.
City News Service contributed to this report.