October 28, 2021

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Judge Authorizes City To Shut Off Electricity To Burbank Restaurant For Defying Health Order

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Judge Authorizes City To Shut Off Electricity To Burbank Restaurant For Defying Health Order

In a total dick move, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge has authorized the City of Burbank to disconnect the electricity to a restaurant that defied a temporary restraining order by remaining open.

On March 8th the court issued a Temporary Restraining Order to Tin Horn Flats requiring that the restaurant close and not reopen without a County Health Permit and City Conditional Use Permit.

However, Like all businesses trying their best to stay afloat, Tin Horn Flats remained open. Then on Friday, the court authorized the city of Burbank to cut their electricity after giving a 24-hour notice. 

“The court did not provide permission to padlock the doors at this time but continues to reserve such a remedy as a last resort,” a statement from the City of Burbank read. 

A preliminary injunction is set for March 26, 2021. At the hearing a judge may continue the closure order or add additional orders while the litigation is still pending. 

The City of Burbank said if Tin Horn Flats refuses to close, they will then return to the court with further orders and enforcement. 

The city alleges that the restaurant broke the state and local in-person dining ban back in December 2020 and that’s the reason the city took civil action against them. Basically, they claim the restaurant broke their COVID-19 safety protocols.

Back in early December, FOX 11 reported that Tinhorn Flats defied the county and state’s outdoor dining ban. Tinhorn Flats brought in customers when FOX 11 was at the saloon’s patio to speak with the owner. 

During the Dec. 2020 interview, the owner wasn’t concerned about losing his license or being issued fines.

“I’ve got nothing left to lose,” owner Lucas Lepejian told FOX 11’s Phil Shuman in December. “I’m opposing tyranny…I’m doing COVID-19 safety protocols.”

Back in December, Lepejian told Shuman he could lose his liquor license, which costs around $100,000.

Now the saloon has officially lost its permit.

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