Last week, NoHoartsdistrict.com wrote an article about Henry's Tacos celebrating their 50-year anniversary. It has been in the same location at 11401 Moorpark Street in North Hollywood for 50 years. Owner Janis Hood excitedly told me about applying for Henry's Tacos to be considered a Historic Cultural Monument. The restaurant has been family owned since 1962 and, in honor of her grandfather and mother who have both passed away, she wanted to secure the presence of Henry's Taco for future generations of taco, burrito lovers. Many of her customers have been coming to the restaurant since they opened.
However, the happiness of that anniversary party hasn't lasted. I spoke with Janis Hood today and she said that "the property owner is opposed to Henry's Tacos becoming a Historic-Cultural Monument and is upset with me for not personally informing him that I was nominating Henry's for the designation. The Cultural Heritage Commission told the property owner that if I hadn't nominated the structure someone else would have, especially if the structure was ever threatened to be torn down or renovated. Once the structure is designated as a Cultural Heritage Monument, the owner would have restrictions on what he can do with the property."
The scary part of this story is that Henry's Tacos' lease is up on December 31, 2011. Janis has not been offered a new lease and Janis said "I fear that the landlord is going to start eviction proceedings." Janis is asking the community to show support through online and paper petitions to save Henry's Tacos.
Please take a moment to read and sign the on-line petition to help save the historic Henry's Tacos.
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