NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — We’ve heard of “sit-ins,” “love-ins” and those sorts of demonstrations, but now, you can add “taco-in” to the list.
The taco faithful lined up for blocks in the rain Sunday afternoon to show their support for a 51-year-old North Hollywood culinary institution.
Hundreds of people, including celebrities George Lopez, Adam Carolla and Elijah Wood, gathered at Henry’s Tacos, which may have to close by the end of the year.
Fans have been flocking to the self-proclaimed “tacky taco stand” for decades, but now a dispute between the business owner and property owner may force it to close its doors.
Owner Janis Hood said her landlord has raised her rent, and she can’t afford to keep the business going.
“I believe that the landlord objected to my nominating the structure for historical monument status last year in honor of our 50th anniversary,” Hood said.
“At that time he would not renew my lease and he did raise the rent 50 percent,” she continued.
Hood also said that the landlord will not discuss the possibility of selling the property to her.
“I’m hoping that perhaps this response might make him re-think his position,” she said on Sunday.
More than 4,400 people have signed a petition to “Save Henry’s,” but Hood says the business will likely close on December 31.