Celebs and Fans Show Up in Droves to Support Henry's Tacos
This past weekend saw a massive outpouring of support for the 51-year old taco stand, Henry's, which is in danger of losing its lease at the end of the month. "Breaking Bad" actor Aaron Paul hosted an "eat-in" along with George Lopez, who offered to pay for everyone's tacos who showed up on Sunday at 2 p.m. Owner Jannis Hood was overwhelmed with the business, and will have to shut down the store today so that she and her staff can have a brief break.
Lines have been long and consistent since owner Janis Hood announced that the 51-year-old establishment must close by the end of the month. The owner of the land hasn't allowed any of the three prospective buyers purchase her family-owned business so it could continue in the historic location.
In addition to the eat-in, there has been a Change.org campaign launched by Angelenos in attempt to save the iconic taco stand on the corner of Moorpark and Tujunga. Councilman Paul Krekorian has also voiced his concern with the closure, as detailed here. At the end of the statement, he said:
"As of today, to my knowledge, the property owner has not applied for any change of use for the property, or proposed any development plans, or sought any change in entitlements, or otherwise taken any action at all that indicates that the Henry’s Tacos building is facing destruction or even modification. If the property owner has any intention to change Henry’s whatsoever, he has not shared them with my office. If the choice were up to me, my preference would be to keep a vibrant and successful Henry’s in operation, as is."
The councilman shares the same concern as many Angelenos that the property will be changed. The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted to include the Henry’s Tacos building in its list of Historic-Cultural Monuments last year, but due to lack of response from the building's owner, the consideration was postponed.