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Celebrities Join Campaign to Save Henry's Tacos

Sarah Hyland, Elijah Wood, Chris Pine, Tony Danza and others get the word out on social media. Aaron Paul from 'Breaking Bad' calls for an eat-in.

Hollywood is beginning to rally behind the movement to save Henry's Tacos.

When Chris Pine (the new Kirk in Star Trek) was making  People Like Us, he told director Alex Kurtzman that he wanted to have a scene at his family favorite—Henry's Tacos. He grew up in the area. (See the video clip.)

"I've been going to Henry's since I was 7 years old," Pine said.

Pine was at the taco place on Saturday night with a group of friends when the management told him of the impending closure. He rallied his friends in support of the taco stand.

Sarah Hyland, the oldest daughter in Modern Family, tweeted that she hopes "you sign petition to help save Henry's Tacos" and Tony Danza, who lives in the area, named it his favorite taco (see here.)

Gilles Marini, of Sex and the City also tweeted his distress:  What ? @HenrysTacosis closing out :( How can this happen? It's been there for 50 years. Should be an untouchable institution! #Sad "

Also, Elijah Wood (Frodo from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movies), tweeted out the "very sad situation" from his Twitter account (a publicist confirmed that it was his). 

That, in turn, was re-tweeted by Tom Hanks's son Colin Hanks and Paul Feig, who directed the movie Bridesmaids and The Office on TV.

The full tweet from @woodelijah  reads: "Los Angeles institution, Henry's Tacos to shut: ‪http://www.laobserved.com/archive/2012/12/henrys_tacos_announces_it.php … please retweet. very sad situation."

Brad Pitt has leaned over and ordered through the window screen, Larry King and his wife Shawn come to sit on the outdoor table. Richard Roundtree's daughter Kelly used to work there.

Ambassadors, governors, writers have used it in their works. 

TV shows such as Adam 12, Police Story, Up All Night and Scarecrow and Mrs. King were shot there. Movies such as Cheech and Chong's Up in Smoke featured it. Jennifer Jason Leigh wore a Henry's Tacos shirt in Ben Stiller's Greenberg movie.

A new show named Mistresses that hasn't yet aired also shot there recently.

Owner Janis Hood recalls when she saw Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen (when they lived in the area), come to the shop regularly and they even told Oprah Winfrey in a special “favorite foods” segment that Henry’s has “the most incredible hard shell tacos I’ve ever had.”

"The show called me to say that they were going to do that and for a few weeks we were busy as all get out," Hood said. She saw the sisters not long ago, and gave them some extra hot sauce to bring home.

"I love that the celebrities love the place, too, but we treat everyone the same," Hood laughed.

The website  IamNotAStalker.com compiled these star fans of Henry's:

Bruce Boxleitner, Larry King, Michelle Branch, James Marsden, Adam Levine, Marla Sokoloff, Jason Reitman, Adam Carolla, Tom Hanks, Andy Griffith, George Lopez and many others.

Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, who lives in the area, suggested a rally this coming Sunday. 

He wrote from @aaronpaul_8 account: "We must save @HenrysTacos from closing! Come join me for lunch this Sunday at 2pm!! Join the masses and eat some tacos!! Tell your friends."

Meanwhile, there's a petition online at: 

http://www.change.org/petitions/help-save-historic-henrys-tacos

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J. L. Frush December 14, 2012 at 05:49 AM
Your hopes for Henry's to find a suitable "NEW" location are very sweet, however, part of the issue is, if the LANDLORD weren't so greedy, then Henry's wouldn't have to find a "NEW" location, because the one Henry's inhabits now is still as suitable as it was 51 years ago when they first moved in! Happy Holidays! :) May you be filled with Peace and Good Will thrroughout the New Year!
S. R. S. December 17, 2012 at 09:00 AM
What is wrong with you Deb? So you have HEARD about the food from others but never actually went there yourself. We all have been going for the past 51 years. Since Colfax grammar school, my mom took me there when they first opened. I was FOUR YEARS OLD. I still live very close by. Went to Reed and then North Hollywood High. We all went there during and after school to eat those tacos. There is alot more to Henrys Taco's than the actual tacos. Get a life. Will be very sad to see it torn down. And yes, J.L. GREED is what it is all about. The land owner HAD ready and willing buyers. With that small space, not much will be put in that location except maybe another eatery. I won't be going there.
mike murphy December 19, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Its a damn good taco though! Been going there since i was 6, I'm 37. Last time i went, before all this madness. Met a man, eating a messy burrito, sauce all over. Said he was there on the day Henrys opened, still lives and works in the area and continues to frequent. He described the surrounding areas back then, sounded like a dream compared to todays harsh realities. You all have a nice Christmas, and do something for someone else. We need it.
mike murphy December 19, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Its a damn good taco though! Been going there since i was 6, I'm 37. Last time i went, before all this madness. Met a man, eating a messy burrito, sauce all over. Said he was there on the day Henrys opened, still lives and works in the area and continues to frequent. He described the surrounding areas back then, sounded like a dream compared to todays harsh realities. You all have a nice Christmas, and do something for someone else. We need it.
Helen December 27, 2012 at 07:23 PM
It is not just Henry's that is having a problem with its owner, Mehran Ebrahimpour (Real Estate, Dry Cleaners). Now, Juniors on Westwood Blvd.-another Los Angeles institution for over 53 years) is shutting down. The owners of Four Corners Investment in Beverly Hills is refusing to negotiate with Junior's. The owners of Four Corners Investment are the Yadegars-David (Real Estate), Benjamin (Real Estate), Joseph (Plastic Surgeon), and Candace (Real Estate). Considering they are all Beverly Hills Iranians, they probably spend their free time hanging out with each other discussing which other Los Angeles institutions and icons they can put out of business. Who needs popularity when you can have lots of money instead.

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