4/30/2013 06:38:00 PM

Mexican-Food News: Cinco Open, Bizarra Capital, La Casita Expanding

Cinco's ready to party in Westchester
A nightlife group formed by guys who worked with Santa Monica's Bar Chloe, The Yard, Copa d'Oro and Michael's has opened Cinco, a cantina and cocina near LAX in Westchester. Considering their backgrounds, the place is getting high marks for the cocktail program, which features specialty cocktails, artisanal spirits and craft brews; they're also serving Oaxacan-inspired food. Happy hour seems to be a boon, with $1 tacos, $5 burritos, $5 draft beer of the day and well drinks, and $6 featured cocktails. Look for a big fiesta for Cinco de Mayo this weekend - live mariachis, DJs, ice-luge tequila shots, $3 beers and $5 margaritas all day long (7241 W. Manchester Ave.; 310-910-0895).

Ricardo Diaz, the chef behind Bizarra Capital's amazing chorizo verde tostada and aguachile ceviche, is planning a new taco bar; he Tweets out that he's working on a new project, Colonia Taco Lounge. The chef, who helped launch Guisados (but is no longer involved with the taquerias), recently closed a ceviche bar in Monterey Park. Grub Street suggests that's where the new restaurant will be. At Bizarra Capital, the staffer we talked to said Diaz was getting a "new place ready," so this must be it.

And the Sacramento Bee hints that Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu from La Casita Mexicana will open a second location of their Bell original, possibly in the same Baldwin Hills shopping center as Govind Armstrong's Post & Beam. Martin del Campo and Arvizu will be at the Cinco de Mayo celebration there this weekend, along with Aztec dancers, an all-female mariachi group, Folklorico dancers, the LA Galaxy Futboleros and more.

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