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Read The Column: A Legendary Latino-Owned Restaurant In Southeast LA Stays, For Now

(Illustration by Chava Sanchez, LAist/Photo courtesy of La Casita Mexicana)
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In the middle of March, chefs and owners Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu of La Casita Mexicana shut the critically acclaimed Bell restaurant all the way down because of the pandemic. There was no more cochinita pibil, no more of their lauded chile en nogada.

The restaurant has served the Southeast L.A. community for nearly 25 years, and I was starting to get worried. So I put my mask on and went over there to chat with the chefs about how they are surviving when so many restaurants are closing their doors forever.

I hope theirs never do. At least for now, there's some hope.


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