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When Fast-Food Startups Strive to Improve the Way Communities Eat

Locol, a new restaurant in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, aims to provide a financially strapped community with healthy, tasty, and inexpensive quick meals.

At 11 a.m. on a sunny winter morning in Watts, Calif., a young dad, a schoolteacher, and a pair of hipsters stand in line to eat at Locol, Los Angeles's latest culinary playground.

These customers haven't shown up from across the city to eat caviar or duck breast. They're after burgs and foldies—slang for hamburgers and tacos.