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Roy Choi Says Loco'L Watts Will Arrive First, Could Be as Soon as Summer

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The chef took to Twitter to drop the news.

The Loco'L location in Watts
The Loco'L location in Watts
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.

Everyone’s favorite multi-hyphenate chef Roy Choi is still blazing a warpath with his latest creation Loco’L. He and S.F.’s Daniel Patterson have been hard at work making the funding rounds in anticipation of their first two reimagined fast food openings in the Tenderloin and in Watts, respectively. But today comes some intriguing news.

After an early head start for the San Francisco storefront, Choi drops on Twitter today that Watts may actually beat the Tenderloin to the punch. That should be a surprising turn of events, but then again S.F.’s zoning and permitting laws are notoriously cumbersome. It’s just as likely that Watts pulled out a few of the stops along the path to opening — after all, this is the most anticipated Watts food story since the All Flavor No Grease team started cooking quesadillas in a driveway off 108th Street.

Given its current trajectory, Choi says that a late summer or early fall release for the Watts location of Loco’L is likely. That’s a pretty small window in which to not only build out a restaurant from scratch, but revamp the entire fast food industry in the process.