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Here's Your First Look Inside Roy Choi's Upcoming Loco'L in Watts

The recently funded Choi takes Councilman Buscaino on a tour.

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.

Just one day after officially making good on his Indiegogo campaign for the new fast food concept Loco’L, L.A. chef Roy Choi is showing off the restaurant’s future digs in Watts, per the above video.

Along with 15th District Councilman Joe Buscaino, who oversees Watts, Choi heads over to 103rd Street to walk through the still bare-bones space and outline the bright-looking future for the genre-bending Loco’L. It’s not much to see beyond the faded carpeting, loose plaster, and unkempt outdoor space, but Choi’s vision is clear.

Through much of the seven minute video, he outlines the Loco’L vision that he and Daniel Patterson have pioneered: fresh, creative fast food made with nourishing ingredients in a multi-purpose space that is open to the community — including an on-site commissary kitchen for classes and other local events.

Skip ahead in the video a couple of minutes to catch the walk-through, or stick out the whole seven minutes; Choi talks about the notion of rethinking fast food and his decision to land in Watts, which is due at least in part to the vital history of the South L.A. neighborhood.