Roy Choi and Daniel Patterson's Loco'l Coming to the Tenderloin


The vacant 65 Club space on Taylor; Loco’l is moving in to the grocery space in the foreground. Photo via Phantom Coast’s Facebook page.

An update on Daniel Patterson and Roy Choi’s ~LOCO’L~ for you: they are opening their first location of their fast-food concept right in the Tenderloin, at Turk and Taylor to be exact. I drive by that corner often and have noticed a lot of construction, and wondered what was going in after the Phantom Coast project fell through.

As we mentioned before, Patterson and Choi will be offering a healthier, more sustainable alternative to the current fast-food choices, while maintaining low prices. They are specifically hoping to appeal to youth in struggling neighborhoods, with a menu of “smashes” (burgers with beef, whole grains, and tofu), rice bowls, and other dishes featuring fresh ingredients.

Scoop reports the 3,200-square-foot location was a former corner store, and Patterson’s architect for all his restaurants, Scott Kester, will design the space. There will also be a commissary kitchen for Patterson and Sasha Bernstein to hold classes for The Cooking Project, a nonprofit that teaches cooking skills to kids and young adults from the Tenderloin community. They hope to open in the summer, with other locations following in LA and possibly Oakland. Way to go, guys. 57 Taylor St. at Turk.