Business Interruption Fund spotlight: Mexicano

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Mexicano Restaurant is located along the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Mexicano was founded in 2012 by Ramiro Arvizu and Jaime Martin Del Campo as a full service restaurant specializing in authentic Mexican food. The well-known chefs are experienced restaurateurs in the Los Angeles area and owners of La Casita Mexicana in Bell Gardens, one of the few local eateries nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award.

Mexicano’s owners take pride in serving a cuisine different than Tex-Mex, the dominant style of Mexican food in Los Angeles. Many of the preparations on Mexicano’s menu are dishes Mr. Arvizu learned to make by watching his grandmother while growing up in Mexico. The restaurant uses traditional techniques and ingredients to prepare dishes that will provide diners a true taste of Mexico.

Mr. Avizu described Metro’s construction activities as major contributors to the revenue decline the restaurant has experienced. “We have less walk-in customers and new customers find the congestion near the mall unbearable,” stated Mr. Arvizu. “We’re thankful that the BIF is available to help our business during construction. Once conditions improve our steady flow of customers will be back.”

Mexicano is located at 3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. #127, on the first floor of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza. Normal business hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, please call (323) 296-0798 or visit them at

Metro’s Business Interruption Fund (BIF) provides financial assistance to small “mom and pop” businesses directly impacted by transit rail construction along the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Little Tokyo area of the Regional Connector, and Purple Line Extension, Section 1 and Section 2. For more information about the BIF, visit  To apply for a BIF grant, visit Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation (PCR) at

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