HELP SAVE HISTORIC HENRYS TACOS!
  • Petitioning LA City Councilmember Paul Krekorian

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LA City Councilmember Paul Krekorian
HELP PRESERVE HISTORIC HENRYS TACOS

HELP SAVE HISTORIC HENRYS TACOS!

    1. marti upson
    2. Petition by

      marti upson

      Los Angeles, CA

Henry's Tacos has been a beloved San Fernando Valley taco stand and meeting place located on the corner of Moorpark St. and Tujunga Ave. in Studio City/North Hollywood, California for 51 years. It is more than just a taco stand or business to many of us who grew up in the neighborhood. Henry's is an important part of our collective history that not only has sentimental value, but cultural and historical significance as well. 

Henry's Tacos classic 1960's building is intact and virtually unchanged and is architecturally significant with its classic Googie signage. The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted 5-0 to recommend that the Googie-style taco stand at 11401 Moorpark St. North Hollywood, CA be named a Historic-Cultural Monument. Unfortunately, the proceedings were suspended indefinitely by Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Krekorian. Anyone familiar with the history of Henry's Tacos already knows that Henry's is a historical landmark and cultural monument and San Fernando Valley icon. We want it to remain in its current corner location intact and in business for future generations. 

Tell the landlord to please renew Henry's Tacos' lease with the current or future owners.

Please sign, share, Facebook "like", and pass this petition link on to friends, family, colleagues, listservs etc. We have already reached far and wide and have received support and signatures from around the world. Let's keep the momentum going!

Thank you for your support!

In Solidarity,

Mu

The Facebook link to the Petition to Save Henry's Tacos is at:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/PetitionToSaveHenrys/

 

PETITION TARGETS:

JANIS HOOD, Owner of Henry's Tacos

*MEHRAN EBRAHIMPOUR, Property Owner, Beverly Hills, CA .

PAUL KREKORIAN, LA City Council Member Dist 2 / Planning Committee Email:Councilmember.Krekorian@lacity.org Phone: (818) 755-7676

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Welcome CACTUS TACOS to the Village!

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer

      Hollywood-based family run business, Cactus Tacos has (allegedly) leased the building. CT, who boasts the "best tacos in Hollywood" has two locations on the west side of LA. The corner of Moorpark/Tujunga makes it #3. Serving up yums for the budget-minded, CT apparently delivers what it promises: fresh ingredients, a variety of salsa, fresh guacamole, sour cream, and south of the border dishes that many carnivores crave.

      While the loss of Henry's on its iconic location was sad (and avoidable), I encourage all of the historic Henry's Tacos patrons and local community to WELCOME and SUPPORT this new addition to the neighborhood. The Googie sign and our carved-up tables may be gone, but Henry & Lavonne created a beacon of light on that spot with their dedication, hard labor and love for HT, that kept us returning for decades. Let's pay it forward!

      http://studiocity.patch.com/articles/cactus-tacos-moves-in-to-henry-s-tacos-location For info and menu go to: http://www.cactustacos.com

      Cactus Tacos Moves in to Henry's Tacos Location

      At least two sources have confirmed that Cactus Tacos, a family-owned taco stand from Hollywood, will be moving in to the Henry's Tacos location at Moorpark Street and Tujunga Avenue. That means Taco Wars in Tujunga Village because Henry's Tacos is moving under new ownership only half a block away in the former Studio Sub location.

    2. HENRY'S TACOS HISTORIC BUILDING HAS BEEN LEASED

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer

      Yes, it's true. The prime Studio City / NoHo corner location of Tujunga and Moorpark St. where iconic Henry's Tacos sat for 51 wonderful years will soon be taken over by a new business. The original building has been leased. (See petition page photo). The question remains if the community will support the new business or not. Throngs of angry supporters and fans of Henry's (RIP) vowed not to, but only time will tell.

      To be continued as this sad saga continues to unfold...

    3. Historic Henry's Tacos Building For Lease

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer

      Henry's Tacos has left the building. An empty shell of the once thriving 51-year-old business now sits on the corner of Moorpark and Tujunga Ave as a sad reminder of what once was. The community is not happy.

      And they call this progress...
      Stay tuned.

    4. Historic Henry's Tacos Betrayed by Owner Hood

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer

      A source reveals that L.A. Magazine plans to run a story on the truth about what really happened to Henry's Tacos. Over one year ago, owner Janis Hood put out an emergency call to fans and the community to help her "Save Henry's Tacos" claiming the landlord was the enemy and later blaming Councilman Krekorian for not 'saving' Henry's. She said she needed to find a buyer, because she was done with HT and wanted to retire. Several serious buyers stepped forward, only to be denied after stalling tactics, flimsy excuses, and wasting large sums of money in the process. MANY people rallied tirelessly to help "save" HT, but in the end it was none other than Janis Hood herself who betrayed her grandfather, mother, the community, and everyone she used for her own personal reasons and gain. Hood is responsible for iconic Henry's Tacos closing its doors. FACT: A NEW 20-year lease was in place and Hood REFUSED to sign the non-compete clause in the buyer's agreement. Think about that. Stay tuned...

    5. RIP HENRY'S TACOS

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer

      It is with a heavy heart that I report the death of Henry's Tacos on 01/12/2013 at 9PM. Another iconic landmark and bit of Los Angeles history bites the dust. After the last taco was served tonight, the signs and menu boards were removed and loaded onto a truck for storage. The corner of Moorpark Street and Tujunga Avenue will never be the same.

      More information on this sad story to follow...

    6. The Historic Business That Could Have Been Saved: RIP Henry's Tacos

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer

      The bottom line is that Henry's Tacos could have been 'saved' at its current historic location, but unfortunately greed won out over the loyal local community and long time supporters who have made Henry's Tacos a success over the past 51 years. The business will close Saturday at 9 PM or whenever the food runs out according to owner Janis Hood.

      Thanks go out to Councilman Krekorian for his role in attempting to facilitate a negotiation between the landlord and potential buyer.

      According to sources, the potential buyer and landlord had agreed on a new 20 year lease deal which would keep iconic Henry's Tacos at its original location, but Janis Hood backed out of yet another deal with another buyer, choosing not to accept the full asking price offer. Hood killed historic Henry's Tacos, claiming she was going to "sell" to a long time employee and move to another location. Stay tuned...

      http://studiocity.patch.com/articles/henry-s-to-close-talks-break-down-new-location-sought

      Henry's to Close Saturday! Talks Break Down, New Location Sought

      Henry's Tacos, after a year of landlord disputes and attempts to sell the family-owned business, will shutter after 9 p.m. Saturday, according to Janis Hood, whose family started the business in 1961. "It will be a sad day, but this is it," Hood said in an exclusive interview with Studio City Patch near the close of business on Friday evening.

    7. HENRY'S REMAINS UNTIL AT LEAST 01/12/2013

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer

      As of today 01/09/2013, Henry's will remain open at least through Saturday 01/12/2013, while negotiations continue. Stay tuned for further updates. Thanks for your continued support! - mu

    8. KCET HENRY'S STORY

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer
      Fans Celebrate Local Eatery Henry's Tacos | Culture | SoCal Connected | Shows | KCET

      For more than 50 years, celebrities, politicians, and ordinary folks have made the pilgrimage to Studio City for a taste you couldn't get anywhere else. Henry's Tacos is a Valley institution. You've seen it on TV and in the movies, but Henry's may soon fade into history because of a landlord dispute and some government red tape.

    9. Fingers Crossed: New Owners, New Lease?

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer
      Henry's Tacos gets a two-week reprieve, possibly new owners

      Henry's Tacos didn't get local landmark status but the Studio City stand did get a reprieve from a New Year's Eve closing date and maybe new owners. Longtime pals and Henry's patrons Matt Pyken and Steve Rose have agreed to buy the business from Janis Hood and are waiting to see if their lease offer is accepted by landowner Mehran Ebrahimpour of Beverly Hills.

    10. HENRY'S TACOS GETS A STAY OF EXECUTION!

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer

      The latest news earlier today from Henry's Tacos owner, Janis Hood:

      "ATTENTION HENRY'S FANS AND SUPPORTERS! Because of your tremendous support and outcry (and probably me with my big mouth in the media!), the property owner has asked me to stay open until January 15 so that (hopefully!) a lease can be worked out with my buyers! I have agreed, so Henry's will live to see the New Year! Please spread the word and THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOYALTY AND PATIENCE! We're doing our best to serve you!!!"

      Henry's now has a new sign posted where the Going Out of Business Sign was and it reads:

      "Thank you! Your tremendous support has resulted in new talks for a lease! We will remain open until at least 01-10-2013!"

      For continuing updates and coverage on this campaign go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PetitionToSaveHenrys/

      Thank you for your support!
      mu

    11. LINK to the LA Times Newspaper Article

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer
      L.A. Now Live: Celebrities, fans fight to save Henry's Tacos

      To its fans, there is something quintessentially L.A. about Henry's Tacos, which was opened in 1961 by a white guy from Nebraska, had bit parts in movies and TV shows like "Adam 12" and boasted loyal customers ranging from working Joes to Hollywood celebrities.

    12. Henry's Tacos Landmark POLL on LA TIMES.COM

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer

      The LA Times online is currently running a poll on whether or not Henry's Tacos is a landmark. So far, 77% say it most definitely IS a Landmark. Of course it is! - mu

      To VOTE IN THE POLL go here:

      http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-henry-taco-20121221,0,3895258.story

    13. Henry's Tacos is FRONT PAGE NEWS L.A. TIMES! 12-21-2012

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer

      Today, the LOS ANGELES TIMES newspaper ran the Henry's Tacos story on the FRONT page! That's some big league media folks. As most of you already know, this isn't your average taco stand. It is a Los Angeles/San Fernando Valley icon. A true landmark. We have lost too many already.

      Thank you for your continued support.
      - mu

    14. SAVE HENRY'S TACOS News Media - CBS, ABC, KCAL and More.

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer

      SAVE HISTORIC HENRY'S TACOS news media is available on my Petition to Help Historic Henry's Tacos Facebook page at:

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/PetitionToSaveHenrys/

      I am not able to post the video or images here. Thanks for your support!

    15. 5000 Save Henry's Tacos Petition Signatures Reached Today!

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer

      Earlier today the original goal of 5000 online signatures was reached! (Janis Hood, owner of Henry's Tacos has another 7000 pen and paper signatures that were collected from December 2011 through earlier this year). That's a total of 12,200 plus signatures for the SAVE HENRY'S TACOS campaign!

      I'm leaving the petition up indefinitely to allow everyone to show their continuing support for historic Henry's and all historic culturally-significant small business everywhere. Thank you all for your support and for signing and sharing this petition!

    16. Reached 5,000 signatures
    17. LARGE CROWD AT HENRY'S! Actor Aaron Paul & George Lopez Contribute.

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer

      Right now, there is a line extending two blocks long on a Sunday when Henry's Tacos is normally closed. Actor and recent activist addition to the year-long Save Henry's Campaign, Aaron Paul has organized an event at Henry's Tacos today. The lines continue to grow everyday as we approach the December 31st projected closing if worst comes to worst. Let's hope it doesn't. In the spirit of giving and support, Comedian George Lopez bought tacos for everyone for an hour! Way to go George! And we have almost reached the goal of 5000 petition signatures. Let's continue sending the message that we support our beloved neighborhood small businesses and this HISTORIC L.A. LANDMARK! Let's go all the way to 10,000! Thank you for your continuing support.

      To view photos taken by supporters at the scene go to: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PetitionToSaveHenrys/

    18. Plea to LA Councilman Paul Krekorian

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer

      To: LA City Councilmember Paul Krekorian
      HELP PRESERVE HISTORIC HENRYS TACOS

      Please step up and do the RIGHT thing for your constituents and the community which you serve. Please contact landlord Mehran Ebrahimpour immediately and encourage him to negotiate a fair lease with the current or possible future owner of Henry's Tacos, and do whatever else you can possibly do to assert your political influence to help keep Henry's Tacos from being forced out of business on December 31, 2012. The community is counting on you to help us preserve this much beloved small-business and integral part of our lives for so many generations...

      You were elected to represent and help your community. Your community has been reaching out to you for help in this matter for a year. Our votes count come reelection time. Please, won't you do whatever you can to help save this beloved half a century old community treasure that means so much to so many people.

      Thank you!

    19. Reached 4,000 signatures
    20. Historic-Cultural Monument Status Killed by LA Council Member Krekorian

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer

      Before the HCM recommendation could be heard and voted on by the LA City Council, Krekorian squashed it by postponing the meetings and not allowing the Council to vote on it. He has been communicating with developer and Henry's land owner, MEHRAN EBRAHIMPOUR of Beverly Hills, but has refused to communicate or respond to all other attempts by community members and Henry's owner and her representatives. It is clear that Krekorian's interests lie with $$$ developers $$$ and NOT the local community, or constituents he is supposed to represent.

      The HCM process may have been postponed (temporarily) due to the shady politics of Mr. Krekorian, but this online petition will remain available to supporters of Henry's Tacos in particular and all of the other iconic small businesses being threatened by greedy land developers and landlords everywhere.

      Henry's is STILL asking for the landlord to renew their lease with fair and sustainable terms and stop extorting 150 percent rent every month.

    21. Councilman Krekorian Postpones (Kills) the HCM Status Recommendation

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer

      Earlier this week, the owner of Henry's Tacos was present at the LA City Council meeting with other supporters waiting for the council to hear and consider the Cultural Heritage Commission recommendation that Henry's Tacos be approved for Historic Cultural Monument status. The meeting had been cancelled before and this was to be the day they made their decision to move forward. However, after sitting and waiting in the meeting room for four hours, Henry's owner was told that the council would NOT be considering the report per Councilman Krekorian. This means that in all likelihood the HCM recommendation will die and have to be reapplied for in the future.

      It has been reported that Krekorian has been in communication with the landlord, yet he continues to IGNORE Janis Hood (Henry's Tacos owner) , her representatives, the thousands of petition signers, constituents, and other supporters who have contacted his office. It's politics as usual. $$$
      Do NOT re-elect Krekorian.

    22. Reached 3,000 signatures
    23. LA CITY COUNCIL PLUM MEETING re: HENRY'S TACOS - TUESDAY 02/ 28/2012

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer

      The Los Angeles Planning and Land Use Management committee (PLUM) will consider the report from the Cultural Heritage Commission recommending Henry's for Historic-Cultural Monument status at a public hearing on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2012 AT 2:30 P.M at CITY HALL, 200 N. SPRING STREET, LOS ANGELES.

      IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND, YOU MAY SUBMIT WRITTEN COMMENTS TO: CITY CLERK, ROOM 395, CITY HALL, 200 N. SPRING ST., L.A. 90012 COUNCIL FILE NO. 12-0039

      THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

    24. CAN WE REACH 3000 SIGNATURES BY THE LA CITY COUNCIL HEARING ON 2/28/12?

      marti upson
      Petition Organizer

      UPDATE: YES WE CAN! AND YES WE DID! THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT EVERYONE! - mu

      We are nearly at 3000 total online petition signatures and well over 6000 total signatures including the paper petition. ***PLEASE SIGN AND PASS THIS LINK ON TO FRIENDS, FAMILY MEMBERS, COLLEAGUES, AND ANYONE ELSE WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THIS CAUSE.**** Thanks again for all of your help and support!

      [UPDATE: TOTAL paper and online signatures are at approx 8500 now!]

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Stacie Arellano MAYWOOD, CA
      • 5 months ago

      They must have a great history of a business many people have grown up with. It's a place where memories are there and the food must be excellent. Elijah Wood supports it, so I will too!

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    • Christine Brooks BOTHELL, WA
      • 8 months ago

      I used to live around the corner from Henry's Tacos and LOVED that place. I live in Seattle now, and will still drive to eat there whenever I was in town. This place should remain where it is. It's a landmark! :)

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    • Ashley Volpe FLAGSTAFF, AZ
      • over 1 year ago

      BECAUSE EVERYONE LOVES TACOS

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    • harold griffith HATWARD, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      ate henrys 1973 to 1987

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    • omar kateb SHERMAN OAKS, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I heart the valley and believe in saving it's history and landmarks for future generations to enjoy.

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