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Tinhorn Flats Owner Finally Kicked Out Of Burbank Property, Thanks to Ex-Wife

Plus, Nancy Silverton to open a Mozza in Cabo, and LA’s changing local wine scene

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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.

There’s been another twist in the Tinhorn Flats saga up in Burbank. The western-themed bar has been operating on and off in defiance of local and state public health orders for half a year now, earning countless fines and closure notices along the way — even as Los Angeles County otherwise began to resume its usual business. Most notably, Lucas Lepejian (son of restaurant owner Baret Lepejian) has been arrested multiple times for cutting locks, scaling fences, and otherwise disobeying court orders.

So what’s new? Per LAist and others, Baret Lepejian’s ex-wife Isabelle Lepejian — who has owned the actual restaurant building and land for years — has successfully evicted her ex Baret Lepejian from the property, in part for failure to pay owed rent. The move has been months in the making, but keys for the place were only formally turned over to Isabelle last week. As for the “future” of Tinhorn Flats, the restaurant has been operating as a food truck on and off (and is currently off) for a while now with its set-up in front of the property, but it’s unclear whether the hastily-wrapped rig will return to the streets any time soon.

It’s worth noting that Baret Lepejian, who now resides in Thailand, says on social media that this isn’t the end for the Tinhorn Flats saga. Meanwhile, for a full timeline of the Tinhorn Flats saga, head over to the City of Burbank website.

In other news:

  • Nancy Silverton is opening an outpost of Mozza on the eastern cape of Cabo at a new property called Costa Palmas. She’s also opening a project in London, per Eater London.
  • Elsewhere, Matthew Kenney will bring his all-vegan Italian restaurant Sestina to Century City’s Westfield property, per What Now LA. The restaurant takes over at the closed Obica space.
  • Goldburger’s dining patio is now complete in Highland Park. Given the limitations of the small facility, don’t expect a full-service experience. This is the spot to hang out at a standing rail with friends, downing burgers and fries from one of the city’s best.
  • Poolside cinema is back at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica. The rotating movie series features family-friendly flicks like A League of Their Own, Monsters, Inc., and more, plus food from on-site restaurant Fig.
  • SusieCakes is opening on South Lake Avenue in Pasadena soon, reports Brigham Yen. And per Toddrickallen, the quick, quiet closure of LDH Kitchen in Santa Monica means that the group behind that project now has room for a steak-focused restaurant named Jonah’s, opening on June 24.
  • LA’s locally-made wine scene is changing (again), says Wine Enthusiast. The magazine of record highlights the history of grape-growing in the Southland as well as newer names like Angeleno Wine Company and Byron Blatty Wines.
  • It’s going to be a minute before inside on-site dining returns to Pine & Crane in Silver Lake. The restaurant is targeting a return in July, though takeout and first-come parklet seating is possible for now.