Reader Photo: Lupita’s Fresh Seafood

I was sad to hear today that, after 26 years, Lupita’s seafood stand in downtown L.A.'s Grand Central Market has closed. Today’s post, from Salvador Vazquez, is an ode to the place that served up affordable seafood tacos, cocteles and caldo de siete mares. I have to say it wasn’t a very frequent lunch spot, but it was always affordable, tasty and satisfying.

The image was made on a Leica M7 and Ilford Delta 400 film.

Vazquez said he went back to Lupita’s on Wednesday to give the owner a print of the image, but that the shop had already cleared out a few days before.

“A couple of weeks ago, I had given her another photo that I had taken a while back and it was then that she told me that after 26 years she was leaving and this was the only photo she had of her food stand. She cried and gave me a hug,” he said.


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