LA County sues two restaurants for outdoor dining

Eateries accused of violating ban before it ended Friday

Los Angeles /
Jan.January 29, 2021 09:00 AM
Cronies Sports Grill in Agoura Hills and Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill in Burbank (Google Maps, iStock)
Cronies Sports Grill in Agoura Hills and Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill in Burbank (Google Maps, iStock)

Los Angeles County lifted its controversial ban on outdoor dining on Friday, but it’s still going after two restaurants that it says violated the nearly two-month-long order.

The county filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Cronies Sports Grill in Agoura Hills and Tinhorn Flats Saloon & Grill in Burbank, according to the L.A. Daily News. The suit alleges their outdoor dining service was a public nuisance.

The county wants an abatement directing both restaurants to show compliance with the ban and to allow inspectors into the properties. The county also seeks civil penalties for each day they violated the order.

The county instituted the measure in late November, drawing fierce criticism from the restaurant and hospitality industry. Coronavirus cases were rapidly rising and the Southern California region ran out of ICU beds within a month.

The state instituted a stay-at-home order for most Californians in early December and lifted it Monday, opening the door for L.A. County to allow outdoor dining.

The county said it issued several notices and directives to the restaurants to “do the right thing” and follow the order. Public health inspectors reported seeing people eating at both restaurants in December.

Regarding its decision to sue two days before lifting the outdoor dining ban, the county said in a statement that the violation of the orders “constitute a public nuisance and must be stopped.”

“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. [LADN] — Dennis Lynch

 

Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
The second quarter was the third straight of rising asking rents (Unsplash / Christian Gabele)
Rents rise in Los Angeles as renters scoop up apartments
Rents rise in Los Angeles as renters scoop up apartments
Hilton President and CEO Christopher J. Nassetta, Related Companies CEO Jeff T. Blau and a rendering of the project (Related, Getty)
Hilton’s Conrad brand to operate hotel at Related’s DTLA megaproject
Hilton’s Conrad brand to operate hotel at Related’s DTLA megaproject
The Ratkovich Company Founder Wayne Ratkovich with renderings of West Harbor (West Harbor, Ratkovich)
Seven tenants announced for San Pedro’s West Harbor project, including Yamashiro
Seven tenants announced for San Pedro’s West Harbor project, including Yamashiro
As of early August, the state had distributed around $243 million in rental assistance (Getty)
LA’s rental assistance program relaunches as eviction moratorium ends
LA’s rental assistance program relaunches as eviction moratorium ends
(County of Los Angeles)
Project Roomkey almost certainly saved lives, but fell short of its initial goals
Project Roomkey almost certainly saved lives, but fell short of its initial goals
(Unsplash via Abbie Bernet)
SoCal home prices hit another record in July, but rate of increase slows
SoCal home prices hit another record in July, but rate of increase slows
Renderings for the initial proposal (Los Angeles City Planning)
Domyan Group downsizes plans for DTLA hotel
Domyan Group downsizes plans for DTLA hotel
Developer Geoff Palmer with one of his properties (Getty, G.H. Palmer Associates)
$100M moratorium: That’s how much Geoff Palmer’s firms say LA eviction ban has cost them
$100M moratorium: That’s how much Geoff Palmer’s firms say LA eviction ban has cost them
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...