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Mexicano Inches Ever Closer to Soft Opening in Baldwin Hills

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The long-time-coming restaurant by the La Casita Mexicana team is ready to roll.

Zach Brooks
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Though there’s been no official word from the Mexicano team themselves, details have continued to trickle out about a real deal opening date for the Baldwin Hills eatery from Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu. The popular Mexican cooking team has been on hold with their planned sit down spot for many months, but it looks like the time may finally be right for a public opening.

Zach Brooks of Midtown Lunch caught a sneak peek into the space last week while digging into La Casita Mexicana crew’s fast casual rolled taco concept Flautas, which opened not long ago. All the tile has been laid down, the lights are hung, and the mural behind the bar is as colorful as it’s ever going to get — all that’s left is an opening date.

Apparently, that date is imminent, with various whispers coming in that a soft-open phase would begin as soon as tomorrow. It’s a welcome development for the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw shopping plaza, which underwent a big overhaul recently and has been looking for a gorgeous and fully-formed eatery like Mexicano to help anchor its rebirth.

When Eater spoke to Martin del Campo and Arvizu in December about the effect their Mexican food at La Casita Mexicana has had on the city over the past 15 years, it became clear that they were as anxious as ever to get Mexicano up and running. After this week, everyone’s dreams may finally become a reality.