It looks like the end of the line for Bell’s defining modern Mexican restaurant Corazon y Miel, as the beloved southeast LA destination will be closing down following a final night of service on June 18. Expect food and drink specials until then, with a big party to close out the place on Saturday night.
Opened nearly four years ago, Corazon y Miel’s Bell location was at the time the only place lifelong friends chef Eduardo Ruiz and bar director Robin Chopra could find in their price range. The plan has always been to open closer to Los Angeles at some point down the line, either transferring the original restaurant to a new address or expanding out with another location, and now it seems the former is coming to fruition.
It helps of course that Ruiz and Chopra have only gotten busier since opening Corazon, with Ruiz accepting a partnership position as the corporate chef for BLVD 745 and the entire BLVD Hospitality group. They’re the ones behind Chicas Tacos in Downtown, and have more projects in the works that will likely keep Ruiz busy for a while, if his new ownership of Public Beer and Wine Shop in Long Beach doesn’t occupy the rest of his time first.
Chopra meanwhile will be working on the event side of the bar game for a while, and also plans to make room for himself behind the stick at Salazar in Frogtown.
Ultimately the pair do expect to bring Corazon y Miel back to life, in one form or another, just closer to the heart of Los Angeles proper. Until then, you’ll have a few final days to experience the restaurant as it all began, inside a small brick building down in Bell.