Cactus Tacos Moves in to Henry’s Tacos Location

Meanwhile, Henry’s Tacos could be opening next week in its new 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.

Cactus Tacos, or Cactus Taqueria, boasts “The Best Tacos in Hollywood.” They have two locations, at 4370 Beverly Blvd. and 950 Vine St.

Neal Golub, the real estate agent who had the listing to lease the place, said he could not confirm the new lease agreement, but it said it happened very recently.

“We had about 525 inquiries into this property,” Golub said. He did admit that Starbucks and other chain restaurants inquired into the small restaurant location, but that the owners of the property wanted to keep a small family-run business at the location, like Henry’s Tacos was for more than half a century.

“I cannot confirm who it is, but it is a family-run operation, and we hope that Patch and the people of Studio City will embrace them,” the agent said.

Property owner Mehran Ebrahimpour is out of town and could not be reached for comment. A source said that the property owner has had death threats due to the negative publicity surrounding the Henry’s Tacos move.

New Henry’s Tacos owner Omar Vega said Tuesday that he had also heard that Cactus Tacos is moving into their former location.

Workers said they are rewiring the 280-square-foot stand and will soon be painting over the Henry's Tacos writing on the outside wall.

Meanwhile, a new Henry's Tacos sign was put up half a block away at 4389 Tujunga. Also city building inspections and permit requirements are delaying Henry’s Tacos from opening as planned this week.

“It could be next week, though,” Vega said. He already has tables outside the shop, and a place inside (which the former location didn’t have.)

Stay tuned to Patch for more details as they arise.

Janeth A. March 23, 2013 at 12:37 AM
What's the big deal? Henry's tacos is a staple of the community, yes, but what's so bad about accepting a new and different taco location? I'm sure there are more than enough people in the area to help support BOTH locations. Henry's will have their loyal costumers, and I'm sure Cactus will gain their own. It's a family business for crying out loud. If Henry's is so great, then Cactus should be no threat, if it is, I'm sorry but, tough noogies.
Fred March 23, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Take a closer look. I did not say anything about the business during the the day at Cactus in Hollywood only the the late evening crowed after 9PM. Hollywood is a very busy place during the day and has a " big night life crowed". Studio City has no night life after 9PM and only one bar close to this location. So I think there would be no point in staying open until 3 AM unless they have a lot of dishes to wash or something. Also there are very few office buildings or anything to draw a big lunch crowed. So I do think two Taco stands can do more harm to each other than any of the other local restaurants. Most of the restaurant business in Tujunga Village is from 4 - 9PM. There is one exception where the motion picture click hangs out and they never seem to go any place else because they go there to talk shop. So the main reason so many restaurants have gone under in Tujunga Village is simple, most can't survive on a dinner crowed only.
Lightnapper March 23, 2013 at 05:16 PM
"I did not say anything about the business during the the day at Cactus in Hollywood only the the late evening crowed after 9PM." "They rely on all the night life in Hollywood and people leaving the clubs and bars for a lot of their business in the evenings according to reports on the web." "How long has Cactus Tacos been in Hollywood, does anyone know? I have never heard of it, so please enlighten me." Is that a Gump's Rooster crowing? He doesn't know about Cactus Tacos, but still speaks thereof. He doesn't grasp satire. He knows how to use analogies. He knows dependable WWW food-business "experts." He knows how to structure, implement and run a successful business. He knows the business hours of an unopened business. He knows the financials & tax structure of the business. He knows the habits of people in NoHo, Valley Village, Tujunga Village, Studio City, etc.; what, where & when they eat. He knows the location is a bad decision before a meal is served. He knows someone who said Omar's brother's an excellent cook? He knows there are smart, broken people on Skid Row who failed at business. He knows line workers who talk smack. He knows competing Taco Stands are automatically bad for business. He knows if bar patrons/ business employees do not eat Tacos,Taco Stands go broke. That's one smart Rooster! Lol. Thanks.
Wyatt Lowther March 23, 2013 at 07:39 PM
i will NEVER eat at cactus tacos! sorry but the landlord made my decision for me.
Taco Fan March 24, 2013 at 06:09 AM
I'm a fan of the gringo style ground beef taco that Henry's offers. I guess I could try a cactus taco, but I bit into a cactus once. It hurt me and it didn't taste very good :p
David A Rosenthal March 24, 2013 at 02:44 PM
I think a lot of people would rather drive to Hollywood to eat a Cactus Taco. The idea of not supporting a new business at that corner is the result of the closure of the original Henry's location. But I REALLY have to disagree with you about the food at Henry's. I ate there EVERY time because the food was such a treat.
David A Rosenthal March 24, 2013 at 02:54 PM
The issue is that lots of people don't want to support whichever business opens up in the old location. They feel that the 51 years of Henry's at the original location was special to North Hollywood, and special to the City of Los Angeles -- and should have been preserved. They are angry at the landlord (which they have every right to be) --- and they ought to know that while the landlord was a huge issue here -- the City of Los Angeles (Paul Krekorian) had the opportunity to preserve Henry's Tacos as it was -- and failed to do so. Might not be that big of a deal, financially, but whatever revenue the city doesn't get from a string of failed businesses in that spot is what they deserve.
Fred March 26, 2013 at 05:54 AM
You are responding on Patch with a known trade market business name . Do you have a legal right to use their name? If so , is Flacos Tacos involved with Herry's Tacos or Cactus Tacos? You know all the detals of all the local food business in Tujunga Village past and present over many years. I do agree that two Mexican resturants have a much easier time of doing business against one another than against any other food business. Their family's are all Mexican cooks so that's a no brainer. One has a corner and ones been around for years and now has the most parking of any resturant in Tujunga Village. So the chances of them both doing great is problally an easy fact to asume. I have been eating at Henry's for 45 years and their service has always been fast and the food has always been good and I have alway liked Omar.
Fred March 26, 2013 at 06:06 AM
I thinks Starbucks on the corner of Moorpark and Tujunga would have been great. Local neighborhood Starbucks are the best kind, much better than in large centers or on big main streets.
Alex White March 26, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Ah ha...the truth finally comes out-- "I have been eating at Henry's for 45 years...and I have always liked Omar." NO TACOS FOR YOU!... NEXT!
Fred March 26, 2013 at 05:26 PM
Most of my neighbors in Colfax Meadows have been eating at Henry's for years too.
E.M. Fredric March 26, 2013 at 06:09 PM
No matter where I've lived in the surrounding neighborhoods - my part Mexican heritage - has always taken me to a simple place on Magnolia near Tujunga - Casita Taco El Carbon - simple, fresh - delicious. Hand made hot sauce alone leaves me salivating. They've been here since '86 I believe. Call me gringa no more.
Fred March 26, 2013 at 08:12 PM
Original Mexican Tacos for the non gringa girl up in North Hollywood. Are they like the ones in Pacoma or East LA? Made with that special ground beef that give all the Barrio tacos there flavor? You know the special ground beef you can get in all the Mexican markets 70-80% fat and 20-30% lean. I'd rather not take a chance and pay a little more at Henry's and know I'm getting higher quality beef. It may lack that greasy tast they love in the Barrios but then I'm a gringo and my tast buds are a little different. So I never buy tacos in the Barrios of East LA or Pacomia my stomach just can't handle all the grease.
Wyatt Lowther March 26, 2013 at 11:28 PM
last I checked ground beef tacos are real. why does everyhting have to have onions & cilantro (which is disgusting by the way) to be considered real?
Alex White March 27, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Perhaps she meant "authentic?" Mexican Taco-- historically Tacos al carbon (Carne Asada-- diced, seasoned, grilled sirloin steak)-- not fried/boiled ground beef a la Taco Bell style. Authentic LA Mexican Taco stands do not use ground beef. It's not too common. The Taco Authentica does not necessarily have to be adorned with onions, cilantro, or even hot sauce. It stands alone. There is also usually no cheese or sour cream, although I’m sure it can be provided at additional cost. It is also usually served on a soft yellow corn tortilla, not deep fried-- although one can request a white corn tortilla or a flour tortilla. If one prefers a deep fried hard shell that is also possible; it has a name I do not recall, probably meaning hard shell. Taco Authentica can also be made with lengua (beef tongue)-- usually braised with garlic and onions; buche (pork intestines); carnitas (pulled roasted pork); barbacoa; and tacos al pastor (pork marinated with spices and pineapple)-- messy but quite tasty. I suppose other meats can also be used, lamb coming to mind. Most stands have homemade salsa, usually red & green, and often a very hot one for diehards. There are also garnishes such as limes, radishes, fried and canned jalapenos. Freshly cooked pinto beans, not canned, are usually the foundation for refried beans. One other thing I notice is that not many Gringos are in line. Either way-- you say tomato, and she says tomato, potato, potato, can’t we all just get along? It’s a taco!
Fred March 27, 2013 at 01:58 AM
I only eat beef and bean burritos that's Why I worry more about the ground meat that's in my burrito. I'm not a taco man.
E.M. Fredric March 27, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Holy Burrito - Fred - neither am I! I make my own tacos and love the freshly cooked and marinated in lime chicken burrittos and salads at this small - very Mexican place. My my - it's in our hood and you don't know it? Casita Taco De Carbon. Or as the mate above said, as the taco turns.... Fred... you read like a taco insider... what's the next chapter? Flautas R us?
Fred March 27, 2013 at 04:55 AM
Actually I'm more of a sea food man. I use to eat at Ernies or Casa Vega when I was going out with a Hispanic girls years ago that liked the flavor of Mexican food and was a great cook herself. Like I said I've stopped at Henry's for many years to get their beef and bean burritos to go and very light on the hot sauce, it make my ass burn and I don't like that. You sound like the Hispanic girl I use to date "a real good cook". So I'll let all the experts debate authentic Mexican food. I think that it's very rare for a restaurant to last over fifty years in Los Angeles without doing a lot of things right, good food and customer service are the first things that come to my mind. Henry's is one of the very rare few that have crossed the half century mark in Los Angeles.
E.M. Fredric March 27, 2013 at 05:54 AM
Fred - I can sea you like food and noticed you mix up singular with plurals in fish/s - and are quite the spokesperson. Sorry your a$$ burned - but perhaps you ate the wrong bowl of peppers - light or heavy a good pepper shouldn't burn... no debates but lots of free ads - as the burritto rolls.... typos aside - perhaps your bottom burning is also a rare crossing of - any - half century mark in LA.
Fred March 27, 2013 at 06:40 AM
Thanks for the grammar lesson ! I'll have watch myself and my little iPads corrections. My teachers always said I had a mathematical mind. You know A+ on all that math stuff. It has always served me very well. I don't know many people that have gotten rich with grammar but then I don't hang out with writers and teachers. Silicon Valley never seems to be looking for a lot of grammar pros and most writers use proof readers like you to clean up everything before it goes to press.
Fred March 27, 2013 at 07:16 AM
Since I have no desire to go to your favorite little taco stand in North Hollywood and have come to this page to support Henry's there's nothing to debate. This page is about Henry's to me, not anyone any place else that's up there, down there or any place else. You can see me waving the big Henry's flag. If you see lots of free adds, just wait until Henry's reopens. I guess you think all those TV news stores and all the resturant industry mags. coverage of Henry's closing were free adds, had nothing to do with city wide interest in a little taco stand in Studio City that's been around for 50 years. Mabe other taco stands were all dying to move into Henry's old location to ride on the coat talls of just a little of that free advertising none of them have ever gotten? This is a Studio City Patch page and Henry's is a very big Studio City story. My little flag waving in their honor is hard to view as an add compared to all the mega adds they have gotten. I guess we'll just have to wait for all that flag waving in Study City for who ever is coming in the old location until they've proven themselves in the neighborhood.
Fred March 27, 2013 at 07:35 AM
I know I forgot to check my spelling and grammar ! I was too hung up in what I was saying to worry about the small stuff but then I've never been offended by smart people correcting me (:
A grown up March 27, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Talk about children arguing about whos got a better toy! Please, grow up. Studio City has always been about supporting those around us! Old and NEW businesses. Henry's didn't go away, it's still alive and growing. Cactus is the new member of our community we should welcome them. Of course it's sad that we won't see the big Henry's sign on that wonderful corner anymore, but at least the food is still around and the brothers are fighting to keep it alive! Cactus is also a family owned business. They also have their loyal customers, just like Henry's has there following. Why all this hate? "i will NEVER eat at Cactus"? Why? Just because you guys are pissed off? It's sooo childish. This kid, Marlo (the son of the owners of cactus... the second generation to step up and claim the spot light) is taking a huge risk, and i believe he should be given a chance. Just like the brothers are fighting for Henry's... Marlo is simply trying to grow his business as well. THIS IS WHAT BEING PART OF A COMMUNITY IS ALL ABOUT! SUPPORTING OUR NEIGHBORS! If those of you are too stubborn to support a new place as well as the old then you really are a huge disappointment to this community.... No matter HOW long you've lived here. Grow up, and open your eyes. This is a good step for the improvement of our community. It's something new, it's family! I happily welcome Cactus, as i proudly support Henry's. Because in my eyes, they BOTH have accomplished something great.
A grown up March 27, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Thank you for this... Finally some common sense.
A grown up March 27, 2013 at 11:41 PM
There's one down the street. Enjoy!
A grown up March 27, 2013 at 11:43 PM
Couldn't agree more! :)
A grown up March 27, 2013 at 11:57 PM
I know i'm looking forward to saving some gas. No more traffic jams and dealing with angry drivers for me. I think valley fans of Cactus are going to like saving on gas, since gas prices keep fluctuating. I also agree with what mu said, "The people with a mob mentality who say they will 'boycott' (or worse) Cactus Tacos, are seriously brainwashed and/or misinformed about what really happened over the past year during the "Saving Henry's Campaign". Bottom line: everyone needs to grow up, get along, move forward and SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY SMALL BUSINESSES. Or possibly wind up with another empty shell sitting on a prominent corner of the neighborhood that "once was...". Seriously folks.... you should be ashamed of yourselves, bringing hate into this will never do this community any good. It will only make our community look bad in the eyes of newcomers. Grow up!
Wyatt Lowther March 28, 2013 at 02:01 AM
I guess I should've said I will never eat at that location (just wouldn't feel right) maybe I'll change my mind as time goes by.
Fred March 30, 2013 at 04:40 AM
Read my earlier post and please don't dare try lumping the rest of us grown ups in with some angry mob. Even though I like Omar and have know him for a long time, I have nothing against Cactus. Facts are facts though read my earlier post. Have you counted the number of resturants in two blocks? There are 9 in this small local naighborhood. The lunch business and dinner business in Tujunga Village is nothing compaired to Vine in Hollywood. His son is going to need more than luck to even make a decent living on that corner with its lack of good parking and a new children's gym that has just opened across the street with only 4 parking spaces and big birthday parties on the weekend with everyone having to park on the streets, something Henry's did not have to deal with before and does not now because of all the parking they have. I know it was pointed out earlier to me that his dad has two in the green and must know what he's doing but some of us here in Studio City have been here almost as long as Henry's . So, there are a few other grown ups speaking on this page with a factual knowledge of Tujunga Village and the local business trends over a long period of years. We have been dining on Tujunga since there were only 3 resturants on Tujunga, and Vitellos was on the other side of the street in the 60's. Thank you. One grown up to another signing off.
Naomi April 20, 2013 at 09:38 PM
I am happy to hear that cactus will be moving to studio city. They have the best tacos not only in hollywood but in all of LA!! My HUGE family and I all love cactus tacos! Can't wait till they open.


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