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Burbank’s Tinhorn Flats Bar Evicted From Premises

Tinhorn Flats, the Burbank bar that made national headlines earlier this year for defying COVID restrictions despite continued crackdowns by authorities, is being evicted by the property owner, the city of Burbank confirmed Tuesday.Lucas Lepejian and his father, Baret Lepejian, co-own the business and have been the faces of multiple ongoing controversies at the bar including revoked operating permits, health code violations, a temporary restraining order and an ongoing civil lawsuit.Baret’s ex-wife and Lucas’ mother, Isabelle Lepejian, owns the property where the bar operates and received possession of the building Tuesday. It was turned over by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department as the last step in the eviction process she initiated against Tinhorn Flats in May.The eviction is a separate legal action from the recent temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction issued by the Los Angeles County Superior Court, the city’s statement confirmed.Community supporters, organized by Lucas, have staged near-weekly protests against the city’s actions since spring. Lucas himself has been arrested three times — twice for violating the court order preventing operations and once for removing sandbags in front of the business that had been placed there by the city.

Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert
Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert
Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert is a Los Angeles-based reporter covering retail, hospitality and philanthropy for the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. In addition to her current beat, she is particularly interested in criminal justice topics, health and science stories and investigative journalism. She received her AA in Humanities from Moorpark College in 2016, her BA in Communication from Cal Lutheran University in 2019 and followed it up with a MA in Specialized Journalism from USC in the summer of 2020. Through her work, Katherine aspires to help strengthen the fragile trust between members of the media and the public.

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