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Henry's Tacos Says Adios [Video]

The shuttering brings to a close a year of landlord disputes, attempted sales and a large campaign to save the stand led by celebrities.

After 51 years at the corner of Moorpark Street and Tujunga Avenue in Studio City, the iconic Henry's Tacos stand closed for good Saturday at 9 p.m.

The ending came after a year of landlord disputes, attempted sales, and a campaign to save the stand led by celebrities such as Elijah Wood and Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul.

Henry's Tacos' troubles began last year when the owner of the property and the business's owner, Janis Hood, reached a stalemate in negotiations over her lease, and Hood was unable to get the Los Angeles City Council to declare the building a historic landmark.

A Studio City resident's last-minute effort to buy the business and keep it at Moorpark and Tujunga also fell through.

Henry's Tacos Chef Omar Vega said he will team up with his brother Gilberto Vega to find a new location for the "gringo taco stand," with its iconic sign and simple menu.

Patch was there Saturday night as business wound down. See the attached video and photos.

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kenneth scalir January 13, 2013 at 07:06 PM
The Mexican restaurant that I am sadder about closing than Henry's is Sierras restaurant in Canoga Park. However, any business that closes is sad because it costs jobs and leaves a void in the area.
Scott Johnson January 13, 2013 at 08:02 PM
Move this to the old location of Papoo's The Hot Dog Show, across from Big Boy. Home run.
Heyyou January 14, 2013 at 03:34 PM
So happy to see those ugly letters come down and the smell of paprika, oil and beef simmering every morning. Hopefully the owner will figure out a community serving retail use commensurate with the improving area demographics.
nonoise January 14, 2013 at 03:55 PM
After all those years it is unbelievable that the owner of the business never bought the property. But then they are probly a product of Los Angeles Unified School District. They never teach about business ownership. It was a big mistake to rent a place for 50 years. The family should purchase the next location. Next time, buy, don't rent a property.
Clown boy January 14, 2013 at 05:52 PM
More history destroyed by greed
Upton Sinclair 3 January 14, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Nonoise- No doubt the landlord would have wanted way too much money, and from what I have heard & read the property owner is out for profit (0k) & likely why he came the USA from Iran.....
David Pearlberg January 15, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Boy, you are one unpleasant person. "Improving area demographics"? You seem to have little knowledge of the history of the neighborhoods that Henry's served. Maybe we can get you a Starbucks on that corner.
Don Helverson January 15, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Drove by Saturday night, and the line went clear down the street. Obviously, a lot of folks who had enjoyed Henry's were taking time to have a last bite and a lingering remembrance of an iconic piece of Americana.
Alex White January 15, 2013 at 04:29 PM
And exactly who in America is against making a profit on an investment-- no matter where they immigrated from? "Gee, I guess I'll invest in this business deal to lose money. That will ensure me financial success and "freedom and liberty for all." I guess all these "undocumented" workers draining the state and city's coffers, those "immigrants" who are cutting the lawns in L.A., working under the table on construction sites and in restaurants, car washes, grocery stores, and factories, the ones who arrive daily from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Nicaragua, and El Salvador, are racing to America to NOT make a profit. lol! If a Taco proprietor can't figure out how to stay "viable" slinging "Gringo Tacos" to Clueless Valley Gringos, especially after 50 years in the biz, who really could save them? Personally, Rigo's on Vanowen-- better, cheaper, and they have several "historic" nationalistic murals and a well-stocked condiment bar. The carnitas is pretty decent. I here Chicago is blustery this time of year; you can get yourself a big steamed all beef wiener "dragged through the garden," but make sure you drench it with ketchup. After all, it's America-- "land of the free"-- and you can do whatever you want.
Frank Mihelcic January 15, 2013 at 06:21 PM
David Pearlberg, that is a good idea. Put in a business that is a social gathering location. Name bashing aside coffee cafes are very active social locations within a community.

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