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Henry’s Tacos Closing in North Hollywood

henrys-tacosThe owner of Henry’s Tacos announced in December that the decades-old restaurant was closing due to a rent dispute, sparking protests from loyal customers.

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NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — The kitchen is now closed at Henry’s Tacos.

For 51 years, the family business served tacos and burritos to its loyal customers.

But the North Hollywood staple served the last meals at its longtime location on Saturday night, and closed its doors.

Owner Janis Hood will turn the business over to employee Omar Vega, who will relocate but keep the retro vibe.

The closing of Henry’s Tacos, named for Hood’s grandfather, Henry Comstock, came after a yearlong saga with the landlord.

Hood said the flap began when she applied for a historical monument designation for the stand in 2011.

She also revealed her landlord, Beverly Hills businessman Mehran Ebrahimpour, increased her rent 50% and refused to renew her lease.

Hood believes that Ebrahimpour was irked because the historical designation would put land-use restrictions on the property.

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.

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.

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