Owner of Half-Century-Old Googie Icon Henry's Tacos in Studio City Opposes Landmark Status

Dana Bartholomew reports from the Daily News.

became 50 this past week. The landlord and property owner Mehran Ebrahimpour is against naming it a landmark, but Janis Hood, whose family started it three generations ago, wants it preserved. Read the story below


One of the nation's first gringo taco stands inched closer to landmark status Thursday, but Henry's Tacos of Studio City may still be in jeopardy.

The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission voted 5-0 to recommend that the Googie-style stand at 11401 Moorpark St. join the architectural pantheon.

If approved by the City Council, the iconic stand that turned 50 this month would be named a Historic-Cultural Monument.

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Bob Blanchard December 17, 2011 at 04:44 PM
I thought I saw Henry's recently in a commercial. I looked at it over and over and could swear it was Henry's photo shopped in sepia to look like the 50's. Does any one know if that is true?
Bob Blanchard December 19, 2011 at 02:40 PM
I am generally in favor of historical significance designations of old buildings, but when it is a small business now owned by a "new" owner, it seems preposterous for someone other than the current owner to want that designation to be imposed on the buildings. Many of those designations contain quite severe restrictions on what the current and future owners can do with the property. Another example of some of today's society trying to impose their wishes on others.
Jack M January 03, 2012 at 08:10 AM
It's surprising that the operators of Henry"s did no buy the property decades ago when it would have been relatively cheap.
Scott Ouellette January 16, 2012 at 11:23 PM
Only the real property owner should have the right to petition for historical status. A business owner who leases the property should not have that right, and the city should not designate it a historical landmark without the consent of the property owner.


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