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Bye-Bye Burgers; Chatsworth Loses a Restaurant After Only 6 Months

Texas-themed eatery has pulled up stakes and hit the trail.

Adiós. It lasted only six months.

First the windows were covered with brown butcher paper and the sign on the door read: "Closed for commercial filming." But, by Thursday the sign was down. The butcher paper was down. And the neon sign on the roof was down.

The Lone Star Burger Ranch at 20419 Devonshire St. decided to vamoose.

Located in the completely remodeled former Chatsworth Denny's, the gourmet burger joint with Texas decor faced problems from opening day.

Although the tasty, well-textured burgers were infused with flavors ranging from steak sauce to Italian dressing, or Worcestershire or Texas BBQ sauce, Patch readers complained online about employee working conditions as well as business practices at the owner's magazine operation. The owner could not be reached for comment.

Now, the location which once also housed a Love's Barbecue, known for their baked beans, and later a Scoby's with their famous fried chicken, is empty again.

And there's a For Lease sign in the window.

Joseph March 01, 2013 at 03:54 PM
A friend of mine said they were way over priced and they only sold things a la carte. Guess management wasn't good.
Debbie March 01, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Their burgers were good, but there wasn't enough variety on the menu to warrant going there frequently. Hubby did like their fried pickles. Problem was that the menu listed it at 2 pieces for a high price, so what person new to the restaurant knew to order them anyway because you'd get 4 pieces.
Susan March 01, 2013 at 05:05 PM
I am glad they are gone- they didn't even have a veggie burger for us non meat eaters! I hope something yummy comes in like a chiptole or corner bakery!!
Zookeeper91326 March 01, 2013 at 05:55 PM
I'm never joyous when a business goes under...and never because they didn't cater to my individual tastes!
LuAnnH March 01, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Hate to say it, we were excited when they opened, but went once and never went back. Worst burgers we ever had.....
rob vanasco March 01, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Yeah what a great thing people lost jobs because you couldn't get a veggie burger.
Selene March 01, 2013 at 10:06 PM
Went once besides very limited menu I ordered my burger rare and was told they only made their burger well done, not even medium and this was not posted. If I hadn't asked I would not have been able to eat a well done burger. Most restaurants post on their menus that they will only do medium. Also, considering their prices they did not give you any service.
john doe March 01, 2013 at 10:34 PM
Im glad there gone, she breaks the law and is sneaky, bad business owner, traeted other employees badly, she fired after 2 days because i quote couldnt do it right??? She never trained me she trained everyone else, then she waited 3 weeks to pay me and i filed a Claim against her because she owed penalty fees, she never responded and im still waiting on a response from The labor department. She was rude to the people who worked there, always insulting and just had a bad all arpund code of ethics. I was hired on as a delivery driver and never once had the opportunity to do delivery. To those who lost there positions, dont worry because no amount you were payed was not worth tolerating there garbage. Plenty of better jobs out there.
Bob Eden March 02, 2013 at 12:32 AM
Why can't we get more upscale eateries in our neighborhood? By upscale, I don't mean necessarily more expensive, just better quality. I knew the 1st (& only) time I tried it, it wouldn't last. I didn't realize the median income for our surroundings showed such low numbers & unsophisticated population.
Karen Lebens March 02, 2013 at 07:17 PM
How about an All American Restaurant w/ Ribs, Steak,Fried Chicken, Fish, real mashed potatoes & Even Veggie Burgers! We miss Skobies.. We have lots of good ethnic food places, but not much in standards except fast food! This was an original Cowboy town..Please Come & feed us Cowboys!!
carolyn March 07, 2013 at 03:38 PM
not surprised. karma. you know what i'm talking about. when you don't pay your debts, and ethics are absent, the universe comes around...
Allan Rodriguez March 17, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Ex employee here, she got everything she deserved. Biggest tax evader ive ever sadly met. Even got a bounced paycheck.
Allan Rodriguez March 17, 2013 at 06:30 PM
Never got my W2's either!! >_<
carolyn March 18, 2013 at 03:01 AM
To those of you who got ripped off whether it be with bad food, crummy service or never got paid, it's too bad that people who do this to others are still allowed to continue on. I just have to believe in the old what goes around comes around theory. And it's proving to be true! Best to all.
Truth Teller April 04, 2013 at 09:23 PM
She never paid me either! She is a liar, a thief and her BS business partner who is her son is the biggest drain I have ever seen. Constantly robbing peter to pay paul and truly just sad and pathetic. Karma is a very real thing and it looks like it caught up with her and I'm sure she has a whole new batch on the horizon. My advice- stand up and repay your debts to those who have helped you in the past and you might have a shot in your next venture. Stop playing the victim, pity party role and be honest with yourself to redeem you self worth - live beyond your means and it will eventually all come crashing down again and again. Truly a sad situation for everyone who has crossed this woman's path and I'm hoping she does right one day and stops running and hiding- unbelievable she continues these shenanigans!
carolyn April 04, 2013 at 11:38 PM
wow. bummer that happened to you too. just on two sites alone, i have read so many stories about her as a business woman. it's unbelievable how she can continue to do business- and i use that term loosely. i'm realizing that this is who she is. and she won't change. a hypocrite, liar, and thief. i guess my only satisfaction is the place didn't stay alive long. take comfort in the fact that the truth always comes out. she not only lives beyond her means, she abuses other hard working honest people's faith and uses their resources and energy for only her gain. karma...in the end, she has to look in the mirror and face herself.
Gina April 11, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Yes, sad the Lone Star Burger Ranch is closed...because a lot of employees (like myself) are still owed money. Spent more money trying to get to work than what was made. Still waiting for my paychecks...like everyone else. After the abuse that was tolerated from this woman and the many sob stories we all listened to while all of us had our own --- yet chose not to burden her with ours. Good lesson learned --- when your first paycheck is late AND bounces -- get out!!! Next time, don't stay there like a fool and think things are going to get any better, because THEY WON'T!
carolyn April 12, 2013 at 01:14 AM
i can't believe all of the comments here and other sites regarding the owners dishonesty and basically thievery. How do people like this continue to get the resources to start up businesses while not paying people who work for them. Her method is the same too. When I worked for her for the magazine, she was full of sob stories as well. Totally taking advantage of my kindness. I even took her to small claims and won, but of course, being the dishonest person that she is, she never showed up and hasn't made a payment towards what she owes me. I hope one day someone will be successful in making her pay for all of the people she has taken advantage of.
Tee InvitationLady April 16, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Put a jack in the box hahaha - already del taco, taco bell, mc D, burger king - might as well... FatBurger would be good!!
Jack D April 17, 2013 at 01:42 AM
I was hoping the restaurant would last long enough to at least get paid what I was owed. We are not talking about a little money either....quite a bit!! Cant sue someone who dodges all her debts and doesnt have anything. Advice to the owners for future endeavors: ROLL YOUR SLEEVES UP AND BRING THE FAMILY IN TO WORK WHEN YOU CANT PAY YOUR EMPLOYEES!!! Stop promising the world to people and delivering NOTHING! Learn to under promise so you can over deliver. Karma does come around. I paid my debts back to society for every wrong doing I have ever done the day I started working at Lone Star. At least I know there are bright things ahead of me now....
carolyn April 17, 2013 at 02:48 AM
wow Jack. it's kind of scary how many people she has used and cheated. not just with this business venture but with other businesses as well. seriously i have read about 10 complaints just about the restaurant, and others regarding her magazine. I'm thinking of looking into filing a formal complaint to some authorities...not sure who, but i will try. it doesn't seem right that she can continue to do this. i took her to small claims, and won, but you're right. she has no morals or any sense of conscience. i don't have time to track her down. i'm too busy trying to work. best of luck to you. i'd love to see her have to pay for all of this.
Homer J Simpson April 20, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Why don't you go graze on the range cowpie!
Jack D April 21, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Yep, would be nice to get what is owed but I won't hold my breath. Becky, if you are reading this (and I hope you are) I hope you realize how you have affected us and pay us ALL you owe. You know that we all worked hard for you and tried to help keep the restaurant open. Have a heart and fulfill your word. In the future, if your business is doing bad don't drag everyone into your problems. You know we would have never worked for you or put up with any of the abuse you dished out if we knew we would not be compensated.
carolyn April 21, 2013 at 02:21 AM
she is not going to pay. i worked for her 3 years ago for her magazine. same story. this is who she is. she has sob stories but thinks she's the only one who has a sad story. she cares about no one. it's her MO i'm finding out. like i said, took her to small claims and won. if that doesn't make her budge, nothing will. good luck, move on. she has to look at herself in the mirror at night.
carolyn April 21, 2013 at 11:56 PM
for everyone who has a work complaint, it's time to do something about this business owner. she has done this to many people, and she has done this for more than one of her businesses. Her business practices are illegal. She is stealing. check out this site and maybe you can file a complaint. hopefully, someone in a government office will be able to help, even if it seems like a long shot. at least we're not giving up. and hopefully she will not be able to start ANOTHER business and take advantage of MORE people. http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/dlseWagesAndHours.html if this doesn't apply, maybe some other info on the site will.

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