La Golondrina is one of the oldest Mexican restaurants in the city of Los Angeles. Located on Olvera Street, a historic area and popular tourist destination known for its Hispanic heritage, the restaurant has been serving hungry Angelenos since 1930.
According to @spookyfoodie, the city of LA is attempting to force small businesses out of Olvera Street. La Golondrina in particular is faced with the challenge of having to pay for an entirely new plumbing system — something the city would typically cover. Its new owner, David Gomez, has been working to revitalize La Golondrina with a new menu and features, but is saddled with the challenge of being one of the last remaining active businesses.
Gomez’ family has operated a nearby candy shop on Olvera Street for some time. Legally, only current owners of businesses on Olvera Street are allowed to lease unoccupied buildings, which limits the potential for new businesses to open up. That’s why the business that La Golondrina brings in is so vital to the surrounding smaller establishments. Gomez is now in a legal battle with the city.
Instagram accounts @spookyfoodie and @secret.losangeles wanted to bring attention to Gomez’ story and the importance of preserving the cultural significance that Olvera Street stands for.