A painted sign advertises affordable breakfasts at El Gran Burrito at Vermont and Santa Monica in East Hollywood. Saturday, October 31, 2020. (Elina Shatkin/LAist)
A painted sign advertising affordable breakfasts at El Gran Burrito at Vermont and Santa Monica in East Hollywood (Photo courtesy of Elina Shatkin/LAist)

Can a schlocky burrito joint be a space for a cross-section of people from all walks of life to gather and commune as strangers around late-night food before heading on home? Can it also be an animator of urban life despite its less-than sleek design? Our article on the closing of the famed late-night burrito joint El Gran Burrito just ran on LAist and looks at precisely these questions, while serving as an ode to a deeply loved place.

While the site El Gran currently inhabits will be replaced by much-needed housing, the article aims to challenge all of us to question how and why we have created an either/or situation in which there has to be a choice between housing or El Gran. We’d like to imagine and reach for a world in which BOTH are very much possible and could exist together within the same grand (burrito!) site.

Read the full article HERE.

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