Janis Hood, the owner of Henry's Tacos in Studio City, says on Facebook that the landlord has asked her stay open until Jan. 15 and has agreed to hold lease talks with a possible new owner. Hood had previously said the landlord would not discuss a lease with the person she hopes will buy the business. Hood's parents started Henry's Tacos 51 years ago and she has been trying to sell. The recent outpouring of support, from celebrities and the public, came after Hood announced she would have to close Dec. 31 because the landlord would not discuss a lease with the potential buyer.
Even with the progress, It sounds from Hood's Facebook post this morning that the sale remains far from a sure thing:
Folks, please don't say anything more about the buyer or anything re: the sale of Henry's yet. This is far from a done deal and I know none of us wants to jeopardize a POSSIBLE deal in any way! The parties involved in a lease negotiation are talking again and I have agreed to keep running Henry's until 1/15. However, if a deal is NOT reached by 1/10, I will have to start making a move. Thanks for understanding.
Yesterday she posted this:
ATTENTION HENRY'S FANS AND SUPPORTERS! Because of your tremendous support and outcry (and probably me with my big mouth in the media!), the property owner has asked me to stay open until January 15 so that (hopefully!) a lease can be worked out with my buyers! I have agreed, so Henry's will live to see the New Year! Please spread the word and THANK YOU FOR YOUR LOYALTY AND PATIENCE! We're doing our best to serve you!!!
Previously on LA Observed:
Henry's Tacos announces it will close this month
Councilman Krekorian says don't blame him for Henry's Tacos
Henry's Taco's to give employees a break
Whoa: Long lines at Henry's Tacos on Sunday
One Adam 12: Code 7 at Henry's Tacos
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