Boyle Heights Taco Stand To Be Replaced With Panda Express After 30 Years, Says Owner

Carnitas Michoacan, in the 24-hour grub scene, is one of the city's most trusted institutions. The most popular location ("The Original") is the one on North Broadway in Lincoln Heights. But the many stores that share the "Carnitas Michoacan" namesake are also beloved by late-night gluttons. Now, after more than three decades of touting the 24-hour badge, one of them is on the verge of closing.

Boyle Heights' Carnitas Michoacan #3 on Soto Street has announced that they are closing because, according to the shop's statements, their landlord wants to bring in a Panda Express. In a statement re-posted on Instagram, the restaurant said that it would be closing any day now.


Another user took a picture of this sign:

The original call out

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We called the restaurant and got confirmation from an employee that the tacqueria will indeed be closing. "Maybe this week or maybe next week," he said. He added that he's not aware of any rent increase being a factor.

LAist has reached out to Panda Express and has yet to receive a response.

Anyway, here are some pictures from happier times. If you have a craving for those carne asada fries, you better get a move on.

asada fries

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#tacos #nachos #torta #chilicheesefries

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@hasben_ is footy elite

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