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Longtime Carnitas Stall Tacos Tumbras a Tomas Expands Within Grand Central Market

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The two decade old taco slingers are taking over an adjacent stall.

Farley Elliott
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

While the immense recent growth of downtown’s Grand Central Market has been a boon for most, like those of us who lust for a perfect egg sandwich, the longtime local stalls that have been inhabiting the market for years haven’t always felt the same way. After all, there’s only so much space for everyone to operate their concept within.

Well, score one for the old school guys. Tacos Tumbras a Tomas, the popular carnitas stand that’s been in business nearly 20 years, is expanding within the market. The plan, according to LA Mag’s Garret Snyder, is to take over the neighboring stall that used to house La Adelita, and use the extra counter space to help alleviate those long lunchtime lines.

With more room to operate (and more counter space for tourists to enjoy) hopefully Tacos Tumbras can keep up with the never-ending lines at places like nearby EggSlut. And with expanding hours — the market already serves until 9 p.m. a few nights a week — the extra room will allow the popular carnitas stand the ability to keep up with demand.

Already one of the hottest restaurant areas in Los Angeles, the Grand Central Market seems as busy as ever these days, with Mark Peel Christophe Happillon’s oyster kiosk among the most recent additions, even as others like Alvin Cailan choose to try their hand at the Far East Plaza instead.

What do you think of the massive growth of the Grand Central Market, and its effect on the longtime stalls that have been operating there for years?

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