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Massively Popular Avenue 26 Taco Stand Raided Overnight [Update]

Trucks hauled away the equipment, too

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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.

Late last night, the city of Los Angeles rolled through the Lincoln Heights / Cypress Park borderlands to the Avenue 26 Tacos stand, shutting the place down and confiscating the team’s full roster of equipment in the process. That’s according to a tipster who was on site when it happened, and who says the city presence was massive.

The Avenue 26 taco stand has become something of an underground sensation of late, owing to a ton of word-of-mouth street cred and a rather robust Yelp account. Along with all that fame has also come some backlash, with lines forming well before opening and staying strong all night long. Even though Avenue 26 is in an industrial stretch of the city, that can often rub neighbors and business owners the wrong way, and the bigger the operation the more visible it becomes to law enforcement and the health department. Last night, that all seemed to come to a head.

The witness at the scene described “cops everywhere,” including several unmarked rides, and a crew working to dismantle and take away the Avenue 26 equipment on a flatbed truck. According to them, police were pushing hopeful new diners just driving up to move on, while those already in line slowly started to disperse. It’s unclear what happened to the crew actually working the stand.

That description was further detailed by several accounts on Twitter and Instagram highlighting the raid. No word yet on what that means in the long-term for the stand, either, but assuming they’re able to come back (either at the same site or somewhere else) expect those lines to follow.

Update: The LAPD has denied involvement in the break-up, saying the raid was solely the work of the health department, despite the claims of several witnesses.