With help from a Hobbit, a make-believe crystal meth dealer, George Lopez, and more than 5,000 devoted taco preservationists, 51-year-old Henry's Tacos is getting a stay of execution in Studio City. Further bolstering L.A.'s faith in Christmas miracles, owner Janis Hood says she is hopeful for a deal between
the Grinch her landlord and a prospective buyer of the historic taco stand that would ensure Henry's survival. Hood's problems began nearly a year ago, after she sought landmark status for the restaurant, pushing landlord Mehran Ebrahimpour to raise her rent by 50% and refusing to renew her lease. Whether two more weeks will make a difference in the fight for Henry's life remains to be seen, though Hood, who will now be able to run the stand her father founded until January 10, tells The L.A. Times, "I’m very hopeful that a deal can be reached."