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Health Department Shuts Down Tinhorn Flats in Hollywood Indefinitely

The business might not be coming back for a bit, either

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Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Hollywood bar and restaurant Tinhorn Flats seems to be running into a rather rough patch. The place is currently all chained up by order of the LA County Public Health department, and rumor has it the restaurant may be in for a sale entirely.

In the October 16 inspection, Tinhorn Flats failed across a broad spectrum of issues. Primary among them was the visual presence of vermin, though hot food holding temperatures, overall cleanliness, and a variety of other issues certainly helped push the department’s decision to close the restaurant. So far, there is no reopening date scheduled, but apparently a Yelper actually showed up looking to dine that same day, and was turned away by the closure notice.

Interestingly enough, industry rumors have swirled for a time that the Tinhorn Flats would actually be closing down before the health department came knocking — a fact that owner Baret Lepejian admitted last month in an email with Eater. He claimed at the time that a new investor would potentially be coming on to help keep the place afloat, but at least one bartender at the property thinks that a national restaurant chain is taking over instead.

From the Health Department

Eater reached out again to Lepejian to confirm plans on what’s next for Tinhorn Flats, but so far he hasn’t responded back. Either way, expect a shutter of the space until they at least get cleaned up enough for the health inspectors — hopefully in time for their October Halloween contest.