Zach Weissmueller on Cops vs. Burgers

Located on the corner of Figueroa and 101st Street in South Central Los Angeles, Tam’s Burgers has been a part of the neighborhood for almost 30 years, serving burgers and fries through multiple recessions and even the 1992 L.A. riots. But in 2012 the city declared Tam’s a “public nuisance,” claiming the late-night joint was a haven for criminals. As Zach Weissmueller explains, L.A. then proceeded to regulate the burger stand out of existence.


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