The Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza mall website proclaims that Mexicano, the long-awaited restaurant from Jaime Martín del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu, is now open, and the publicists for the restaurant confirm the same. "The doors are open and they are doing business," a rep told L.A. Weekly, but she also stressed that they consider this a soft opening. "They are still working out some of the kinks," she said.
The La Casita Mexicana chefs opened Flautas, a fast-casual stand in the same mall selling — you guessed it — flautas, back in mid-January, and press dinners and various friends-and-family events have been taking place at Mexicano for the past couple of months.
Mexicano is serving some of the dishes that helped to make the chefs famous at La Casita Mexicana, including their mole and their chile en nogada, which will be offered only on weekends. But there will also be dishes new to this restaurant, as well as an ambitious bar program with a focus on mezcal, and a "mezcal sommelier."
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Mexicano is open Sunday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. An official grand opening is expected within a couple of weeks.
Meixcano: Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Shopping Center, 3650 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Baldwin Hills. 323-296-0798.