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Madcapra, Grand Central Market's Next Sandwich Shop, Opening in April

The anticipated opening is well under way.

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There’s even more high-end falafel coming to Los Angeles, this time in the form of Madcapra. Run by New York City expats Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson, the highly anticipated Grand Central Market operation has been on the radar for some time, as it angles towards an April debut.

Madcapra’s rise marks a mini resurgence for the Middle Eastern snack, with similar organic falafel operation Dune currently running lines out the door in Atwater Village. And as yesterday’s Bruce Kalman news shows, there’s still no better time to be involved with the Grand Central Market; it seems like the Madcapra ladies are catching upward trends in more ways than one.

LA Weekly chatted briefly with the duo about their expectations after landing in Los Angeles recently and putting on a one night pop up at Animal on Fairfax. "It was definitely not an easy decision to leave New York," Kramer says, adding that "Nonetheless, I think she and I both felt like it was time for a change, and L.A. was the obvious choice."

With the change comes easier access to produce, of course, which should help to frame the farm-to-table falafel sandwiches and other Middle Eastern fare. And while Madcapra plans to be mostly just a falafel and salad stall, Hymanson and Kramer already have plans for a second, more fleshed out Middle Eastern restaurant elsewhere in the city. For now, expect Madcapra to race towards a mid-spring debut.

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