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Celebrities Join Campaign to Save Henry's Tacos

Sarah Hyland, Elijah Wood, Chris Pine, Tony Danza and others get the word out on social media. Aaron Paul from 'Breaking Bad' calls for an eat-in.

Hollywood is beginning to rally behind the movement to save Henry's Tacos.

When Chris Pine (the new Kirk in Star Trek) was making  People Like Us, he told director Alex Kurtzman that he wanted to have a scene at his family favorite—Henry's Tacos. He grew up in the area. (See the video clip.)

"I've been going to Henry's since I was 7 years old," Pine said.

Pine was at the taco place on Saturday night with a group of friends when the management told him of the impending closure. He rallied his friends in support of the taco stand.

Sarah Hyland, the oldest daughter in Modern Family, tweeted that she hopes "you sign petition to help save Henry's Tacos" and Tony Danza, who lives in the area, named it his favorite taco (see here.)

Gilles Marini, of Sex and the City also tweeted his distress:  What ? @HenrysTacosis closing out :( How can this happen? It's been there for 50 years. Should be an untouchable institution! #Sad "

Also, Elijah Wood (Frodo from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies), tweeted out the "very sad situation" from his Twitter account (a publicist confirmed that it was his). 

That, in turn, was re-tweeted by Tom Hanks's son Colin Hanks and Paul Feig, who directed the movie Bridesmaids and The Office on TV.

The full tweet from @woodelijah  reads: "Los Angeles institution, Henry's Tacos to shut: ‪http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2012/12/henrys_tacos_announces_it.php … please retweet. very sad situation."

Brad Pitt has leaned over and ordered through the window screen, Larry King and his wife Shawn come to sit on the outdoor table. Richard Roundtree's daughter Kelly used to work there.

Ambassadors, governors, writers have used it in their works. 

TV shows such as Adam 12, Police Story, Up All Night and Scarecrow and Mrs. King were shot there. Movies such as Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke featured it. Jennifer Jason Leigh wore a Henry's Tacos shirt in Ben Stiller's Greenberg movie.

A new show named Mistresses that hasn't yet aired also shot there recently.

Owner Janis Hood recalls when she saw Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (when they lived in the area), come to the shop regularly and they even told Oprah Winfrey in a special “favorite foods” segment that Henry’s has “the most incredible hard shell tacos I’ve ever had.”

"The show called me to say that they were going to do that and for a few weeks we were busy as all get out," Hood said. She saw the sisters not long ago, and gave them some extra hot sauce to bring home.

"I love that the celebrities love the place, too, but we treat everyone the same," Hood laughed.

The website  IamNotAStalker.com compiled these star fans of Henry's:

Bruce Boxleitner, Larry King, Michelle Branch, James Marsden, Adam Levine, Marla Sokoloff, Jason Reitman, Adam Carolla, Tom Hanks, Andy Griffith, George Lopez and many others.

Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, who lives in the area, suggested a rally this coming Sunday. 

He wrote from @aaronpaul_8 account: "We must save @HenrysTacos from closing! Come join me for lunch this Sunday at 2pm!! Join the masses and eat some tacos!! Tell your friends."

Meanwhile, there's a petition online at: 

http://www.change.org/petitions/help-save-historic-henrys-tacos

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donna December 11, 2012 at 03:36 PM
NO!!! Oh please help th eowner to kee it open yunder new ownership/management. Was so annoying when vote came up between Henrys & Titos. (which is set back behine another mexican restuarant and Johnnys Pastrami. Unfair contest as Titos offera a full mexican fare menu but Titos won because of Kreorian political crap to continue roadwork on Sepulveda Blvd. in Culver City and now up here UGH! Best Tacos in Southern California !
John Walker December 11, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Henry's Tacos is just blocks from my home. It is a place where I have eaten for over 15 years - - it is more then just a great place for inexpensive food - - it is part of our neighborhood.
donna December 11, 2012 at 04:03 PM
ASK ELLEN DEGENERES FR HELP SHE GIVES EVERYTHING A VOICE
John December 11, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Spell much?
Dave Petterson December 11, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Seems like one or a # of the celebs. could pony up the $$$ & just buy the land. Just a drop in the bucket to them.
JAGR December 11, 2012 at 09:56 PM
I hope the star power saves Henrys Tacos....they are so worth saving!!!
John J. Nazarian December 12, 2012 at 02:33 AM
How about this, it appears that the current owner 'upset' the owner....Ok, so why does someone of these wealthy 'celebs' buy the place and keep the place open? OR, does the owner have some dream of opening his / her own little taco eatery? it is always about the money, so why does someone find out what the price is or is not and move from there. Seems somewhat simple, John
J. L. Frush December 12, 2012 at 06:07 AM
And there is also going to be a gathering on December 28th at noon, that was started on Facebook by a North Hollywood High School Alumni, there are Hundreds of Huskies that have support Henry's for her full 51 years of being in business. As well as Walter Reed Jr. High Alumni and many other schools in the area.
Margie Mullen December 12, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Henry's is closed on Sundays, so that's not a good day for an "eat in."
Sheri Haas December 12, 2012 at 03:42 PM
It's open this month.
Sheri Haas December 12, 2012 at 03:47 PM
What does "spell much?" mean re Henry's Tacos?
Frank Mihelcic December 12, 2012 at 04:41 PM
When you hear eminent domain everyone gets outraged. How can the govenment come in and take control of someone's land. It is odd how when it's not the govenment but a renter such as Henrys it's viewed as a noble cause. Henry's has the option to rent or purchase at a new location. Due to the current state of the economy rents and property at a low and with the number of loyal Henry costumers which would follow them to a new location Henrys will live on.
bill roth December 13, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Krekorian will get very busy helping Henrys when you direct the thousands of people who support Henrys to flood his offices with phone calls, emails, and faxes. He'll quickly get in gear and use whatever his power will allow to help Henrys because his offices will be so busy answering the phones and emails that they will be unable to operate. He'll quickly beg you to stop calling his offices. Then you'll have the leverage to get him to move your cause forward.
bill roth December 13, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Krekorian will get very busy helping Henrys when you direct the thousands of people who support Henrys to flood his offices with phone calls, emails, and faxes. He'll quickly get in gear and use whatever his power will allow to help Henrys because his offices will be so busy answering the phones and emails that they will be unable to operate. He'll quickly beg you to stop calling his offices. Then you'll have the leverage to get him to move your cause forward.
J. L. Frush December 13, 2012 at 07:06 AM
As of last week Margie, Janis Hood the owner is going to be open every Sunday until the 31st of December. Henry's was so busy today she ran out of meat.
J. L. Frush December 13, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Yes, Frank I do agree with you. However, this property is only approximately 280 square feet. Other than a parking lot for the "Starlite" Bar next door, I can't fathom anything else being built there. The owner is upset that Janis Hood the owner of Henry's went to get a Historical Landmark Status and didn't consult him. Which at this point has no bearing, because Krekorian pushed the approval from the Historical Society onto the back burner and never presented it to the City Council for full approval. It's too late, the owner of the property refuses to deal with more than 3 or 4 offers Janis has had from potential buyers of "Henry's" and from what I understand is going to tear it down. GREED and POLITICS! They always win in the end. Henry's customers would definitely follow, but let's just say it REALLY wasn't necessary to go this far to begin with. GREED and POLITICS! This country will ALWAYS suffer because of both of these. :(
J. L. Frush December 13, 2012 at 07:17 AM
Krekorian doesn't even speak for himself, he has a ghost writer. IF he had wanted to help Henry's he would have done it last year by submitting the Historical Commissions approval to the City Council, he didn't, he never has. It's too late, the landlord will not even consider offers or new leases to anyone wanting to purchase Henry's. I've said it once, I've said it twice. I'll say it again! GREED and POLITICS! In my OPINION, the landlord has been sleeping with Krekorian. Just my opinion, but none of this makes much sense. Seems like something that should have been easily handled last year when all this started. :(
Deb December 13, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Here's the real issue, the community has no right to force an owner to keep a property that he may want to sell. If the community would like to keep the Taco stand then the community should loan the renter money to buy the land. Otherwise, the owner should sale and allow an affordable housing project to be built because every community should have affordable housing. BTW, I have heard the food is so,so, and its not that great, so the question becomes, what is the real issue and the untold story. Beside, business come and go and thats part of life.
Deb December 13, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Yes, an affordable housing project could be built because land next to Taco stand could possible be bought as well. Please do not use a child under 15 years to make a case since they are yet to understand most people are in the business to make money and its supply and demand. As far as the attack on Councilman, its unfair because he knows he has no right to interfere with a man's property right. Also, the renter had no business/or right requesting that Taco stand be named Historical Landmark. The renter had a compelling interest in doing so, and that was to remain in business. I expect my legislative body to support the owner. All you have to ask yourself, what if it was me the owner? I think you would understand the owners point of view, period. Find another cause, please.
Sheri Haas December 13, 2012 at 04:56 PM
Me thinks the landlord is Deb! Boy, that would be some tiny housing, maybe 10X10 cells, next to a bar. Great idea. Maybe a pool, too. And stacked parking.
J. L. Frush December 14, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Deb, I actually agree with you. No one has the rights to tell the landlord what to do with the property. However, the issue with it being historical landmark status is pretty much over, it won't get approved because the City Councilman, Krekorian, never submitted it before the full City Council. It was never "interferring" it was a matter of him (Councilman) doing his appointed responsibilities, he was voted into his position by his constituents. As for an affordable housing project, that would be wonderful, however the property is only 280 sq ft and not appropriately zoned for housing, it is commercial. The property on the West is also owned by the same person whom owns Henry's and there is a Bar, called the Starlite room there. They just had their lease renewed. The property to the North is an Optometrist's office and is I believe owned by the optometrist. The property to the East is Tujunga Blvd., and the property to the South is Moorpark Avenue. There you have it, I don't think affordable housing would work. Again, I could be wrong, but unfortunately, unless someone in the City Council's office is going to miraculously change the zoning on this piece of property I don't see that happening. In fact we have heard that the little Taco stand which many, many, many citizens have come to love and patronize is going to be torn down. I'm sorry I can't comment on a 15 year old, I don't understand where that came from?
J. L. Frush December 14, 2012 at 04:16 AM
I do know Deb, that there have been many, many, many 15 year olds and their childen and their grandchildren have memories and traditions of going to Henry's Tacos. It just seems ridiculous that for such a property so small the landlord is not willing to take any possible offers from anyone that is willing to purchase Henry's and work out a possible new lease. No matter if you love the food at Henry's or not, to some it's not just the food, it's the memories that have been shared by many, and the fact that this business had withstood 51 years, and should and could withstand another 51 years. Sometimes, change is not for the best. :) Happy Holidays!
J. L. Frush December 14, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Sheri, haters gonna hate. It's sad, and as Deb has said for us to not tell the landlord what to do with his property, she should heed her own words and not tell TAX Paying Citizens that care about something that we "don't understand what the owner of the property's point of view (which by the way, I do, it's called GREED) and to "FIND ANOTHER CAUSE". Oh America, such a great place where we are free to take on ANY CAUSE we choose, even if it is "Henry's Tacos", one definitely worth fighting for. :)
Deb December 14, 2012 at 04:54 AM
I was basically references the childhood actress that I read in the article defending or supporting Henry's Taco. For the record, I am not a hater, and I agree that taxpaying citizens should voice their concerns with government regarding the services that taxpayers are paying, such as your roads, utilities, safety, etc. If the owner was committing a crime then of course taxpayers should voice their concerns. The issue is really simple, its the owner right to do with his property that the owner too has paid more taxes then the renter.....Nevertheless, I do hope that Henry Taco can find a suitable location, who knows the business may prospers with dedicated consumers and the prospect of new consumers. Happy Holidays!
J. L. Frush December 14, 2012 at 05:44 AM
Actually, I've read the article and there are no "child" actresses mentioned. All of the Entertainers that are mentioned are all over 18, they have however, been going to "Henry's" since their childhood. Please do not misunderstand, I am NOT calling you a "HATER", I'm just saying that most peoople that have a "negative" attitude about something that is truly a positive thing, are going to find any reason to speak negatively, (hence "hate") about the positive. Tax paying citizens should also be able to voice their opinions about things that they feel in their community are "GREAT, WONDERFUL, FABULOUS", if those things are being threatened. The owner is NOT committing a crime unless you believe that being GREEDY is not a crime, which it's not. It's just SAD and unfortunately, why this country is in such an economical mess. The issue is NOT just about the "OWNER" having the right to do with his property as he chooses. It's also about what is morally right and wrong. "Henry's" has been a tenant for 51 years and always paid rent, otherwise the owner would not have let them stay for 51 years. Perhaps, if the Proprietor of Henry's had not submitted for Historical Landmark Status the owner would not have raised the rent to a ridiculous value and would not be so apt to force the proprietor out. I find it hard to believe that for all the years he has owned this property he is paying over $60K on 280 sq ft. if so he's not a very good business man.
J. L. Frush December 14, 2012 at 05:49 AM
Your hopes for Henry's to find a suitable "NEW" location are very sweet, however, part of the issue is, if the LANDLORD weren't so greedy, then Henry's wouldn't have to find a "NEW" location, because the one Henry's inhabits now is still as suitable as it was 51 years ago when they first moved in! Happy Holidays! :) May you be filled with Peace and Good Will thrroughout the New Year!
S. R. S. December 17, 2012 at 09:00 AM
What is wrong with you Deb? So you have HEARD about the food from others but never actually went there yourself. We all have been going for the past 51 years. Since Colfax grammar school, my mom took me there when they first opened. I was FOUR YEARS OLD. I still live very close by. Went to Reed and then North Hollywood High. We all went there during and after school to eat those tacos. There is alot more to Henrys Taco's than the actual tacos. Get a life. Will be very sad to see it torn down. And yes, J.L. GREED is what it is all about. The land owner HAD ready and willing buyers. With that small space, not much will be put in that location except maybe another eatery. I won't be going there.
mike murphy December 19, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Its a damn good taco though! Been going there since i was 6, I'm 37. Last time i went, before all this madness. Met a man, eating a messy burrito, sauce all over. Said he was there on the day Henrys opened, still lives and works in the area and continues to frequent. He described the surrounding areas back then, sounded like a dream compared to todays harsh realities. You all have a nice Christmas, and do something for someone else. We need it.
mike murphy December 19, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Its a damn good taco though! Been going there since i was 6, I'm 37. Last time i went, before all this madness. Met a man, eating a messy burrito, sauce all over. Said he was there on the day Henrys opened, still lives and works in the area and continues to frequent. He described the surrounding areas back then, sounded like a dream compared to todays harsh realities. You all have a nice Christmas, and do something for someone else. We need it.
Helen December 27, 2012 at 07:23 PM
It is not just Henry's that is having a problem with its owner, Mehran Ebrahimpour (Real Estate, Dry Cleaners). Now, Juniors on Westwood Blvd.-another Los Angeles institution for over 53 years) is shutting down. The owners of Four Corners Investment in Beverly Hills is refusing to negotiate with Junior's. The owners of Four Corners Investment are the Yadegars-David (Real Estate), Benjamin (Real Estate), Joseph (Plastic Surgeon), and Candace (Real Estate). Considering they are all Beverly Hills Iranians, they probably spend their free time hanging out with each other discussing which other Los Angeles institutions and icons they can put out of business. Who needs popularity when you can have lots of money instead.

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