The distinctive signs are already down outside the Henry's Tacos stand in Studio City--after a frantic push to keep the restaurant in its long-time, Googie-style location, Henry's closed last night (for now). Henry Comstock opened the business in 1961 and until yesterday it was run by his granddaughter Janis Hood; she leased the property from one Mehran Ebrahimpour, who has seemed uneager in the last year to keep hosting Henry's (he opposed a landmarking, has been dicey on extending the lease, etc.). Hood announced in December that she'd be shutting the place down, saying that she was ready to retire and that Ebrahimpour had refused all offers from potential new Henry's owners. But while Henry's is now out at its historic old stand, it'll live on somewhere else--Hood has handed the restaurant over "to Omar Vega, a 21-year employee," reports the Daily News.
LAObserved got these photos this morning and says that both signage and menu boards are already down and reportedly being stored with preservationists. Vega tells the LA Times that he plans "to retain the old location's ambience by using the old sign and menu and even hopes to replicate the colorful lettering on the stand's outside wall."
Hood has been saying that Ebrahimpour's plan is to raze the old stand and develop something new--while there don't appear to be any specific plans yet, she says "she'd heard Starbucks and Coffee Bean were interested in the site." Well, of course.
· It's crunch time at Henry's Tacos as it serves final customers in North Hollywood [LADN]
· Henry's Tacos signs and menus already history [LAO]
· No Development Plans (Yet) For Soon-to-Shutter Henry's Tacos [Curbed LA]