In addition to a lawsuit filed by Los Angeles County on Thursday, the Department of Public Health has revoked the health permit for Tinhorn Flats in Burbank after multiple alleged violations for defying the dining ban.
On Jan. 25, the Los Angeles County Public Health issued their decision to revoke the restaurant’s health permit in a letter to Barfly Inc., Tinhorn Flats’ parent company, according to the City of Burbank.
The hearing discussed 37 separate inspections and violations between Dec. 7, 2020, and Jan. 25, 2021, including the fact that on Dec. 12, the County suspended Tinhorn Flats’ Public Health Permit and on Jan. 12, 2021, County Counsel issued Cease and Desist Order.
The revocation prohibits Tinhorn Flats’ from conducting any form of retail food sales, including but not limited to, food storage and/or food preparation, according to the City of Burbank.
The business may be issued a new permit if they meet the requirements listed within the letter. Failure to comply with the notice will result in further legal action.
On Thursday, Los Angeles County filed a lawsuit against Timhorn flats, for allegedly constituting a “public nuisance” by ignoring the order put in place in late November to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
The complaint asks for an injunction prohibiting Tinhorn Flats from operating as well as taking measures to come into compliance with the County Health Order, an injunction allowing the county health officer to enter the subject property, asking that the defendants be ordered to pay civil penalties and that the defendants to cover all cost of the lawsuit.
Asked why the suit was filed two days before the outdoor dining ban was being lifted, the Office of Countywide Communications issued a statement in explanation.
“The complaint asks the court to order the defendants … to comply with the health officer orders to safeguard the health of our county’s residents during this devastating public health emergency,” the statement said. “We do not take this action lightly. However, as the complaint notes, `defendants’ actions constitute a public nuisance and must be stopped.”’
No one answered the phone at the Tinhorn Flats restaurant for comment.
On Feb. 22, the Burbank City Council has scheduled a public hearing to consider modification, suspension or revocation of Tinhorn Flats’ conditional use permit to operate in the City.
Note: City News Service contributed to this report.
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