NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — Longtime customers of Henry’s Tacos in North Hollywood may be looking at a Christmas miracle.
The owner has agreed to remain open until Jan. 15 to give prospective buyers a chance to work out a deal with the property’s landlord.
Earlier this month, the current owner announced plans to close the restaurant because of a dispute over a rent increase.
Janis Hood said the flap began when she applied for a historical monument designation for the stand last year.
Hood said her landlord, Beverly Hills businessman Mehran Ebrahimpour, increased her rent 50% and has refused to renew her lease since last December.
She believes that Ebrahimpour was irked because the historical designation would put land-use restrictions on the property.
Hood has lined up several prospective buyers, but all have been turned down by the landlord, she said.
In the meantime, loyal customers, including celebrities like George Lopez, Elijah Wood and Aaron Paul, have been rallying to keep the taco stand open.
One possible new owner has come forward saying that, if he takes over, he will keep the staff that has worked there for decades.
Henry’s Tacos has been a landmark restaurant in North Hollywood for more than 50 years, opening its doors back in 1961.
L.A.’s Cultural Heritage Commission unanimously approved Henry’s as a historical landmark last year.
However, the city’s Planning and Land Use Management Committee postponed a vote on it earlier this year until Hood’s lease was renewed.