'Round about a year ago, the owner of the decades-old Henry's Tacos stand in Studio City went to preservation battle with the owner of the property that Henry's Tacos sits on--the restaurant owner wanted landmarking for the Googie-style stand, the property owner didn't. The landmarking made it to the Cultural Heritage Commission, but never to the City Council for final confirmation. Now Henry's owner Janis Hood has announced the restaurant will close at the end of its lease on December 31--she says the stand is too much for her to run alone and that the landlord has turned down all prospective buyers. She also implies on Facebook (via LAObserved) that there's redevelopment afoot at the Moorpark and Tujunga site: "the landlord may want to bulldoze Henry's and build something else."
Local Councilmember Paul Krekorian says that's just not true, via LAObserved: "As of today, to my knowledge, the property owner has not applied for any change of use for the property, or proposed any development plans, or sought any change in entitlements, or otherwise taken any action at all that indicates that the Henry's Tacos building is facing destruction or even modification." And there don't appear to have been any plans filed or permits pulled (just yet, anyway); it would probably be difficult for the owner to get very far with that while there's a landmark application pending. As for that application, Krekorian says the Council decided to hold off on ruling while the tenant and landlord tried to work things out. Ah well.
· Councilman Krekorian says don't blame him for Henry's Tacos [LAObserved]
· Regarding Henry's: Should NoHo Taco Stand Be Landmarked? [Curbed LA]