A year ago, the city's Cultural Heritage Commission roundly recommended Henry's Tacos in Studio City be named an architectural monument.
Now the owner of the 51-year-old landmark says the taco stand must close by New Year's Day because its landlord won't parlay with prospective buyers.
Preservationists say because a city land-use committee had shelved the monument recommendation, the classic Googie-style hut could ultimately face the wrecking ball.
"Fifty-one of my 57 years has revolved around Henry's Tacos," said Janis Hood, whose grandfather built the stand at Moorpark Street and Tujunga Avenue. "I'm more than devastated.
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