Fans of flautas wonder what’s going on at Ciro’s restaurant in Boyle Heights

Ciro's Mexican restaurant in Boyle Heights

When will Ciro’s reopen?

BOYLE HEIGHTS —  Ciro’s has dished out classic Mexican-American fare — from crispy flautas to steaming bowls of menudo — for more than 40 years. But a few weeks ago regular customers began to notice that the Evergreen Avenue restaurant seemed permanently  locked up behind a black steel gate. Now, many are asking if the neighborhood favorite will ever reopen.

The restaurant  opened by the Gonzales family in 1972 has often been overshadowed by  El Tepeyac, which has also been serving Mexican-American favorites for decades across the street and up the block. But Ciro’s has its own fan base that has been asking questions and expressing sadness on Yelp! and Facebook as the restaurant has remained closed.

“Not sure what happened but it appears that it is no longer open,” said on person on Yelp! “Inconsolably sad because this was one of my favorite restaurants.”

Some Yelpers! said the closure is related to a death in the family but that could not be confirmed. Today, the phone remained disconnected and an empty pizza box had been tossed into the entrance behind the locked steel gates.

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  1. Yolanda Solis-Negate

    I miss you dearly. Not just the food but Lenny and Oscar and the friendly staff. This was my place to go eat for Mother’s Day, my birthday day. Always the best. But we all know the Lord is in control. Best wishes. Yoli.

  2. Came here for breakfast and closed. Will miss everyone and the jute box oldies! Where are we gpi g to get our 1/2 order of chicken flautas, chicken mole burrito, steak picado.Sometimes they would give out tamales on Christmas Eve. In the interim stopped by El Tepayac, but would go back if they reopened.

  3. Rosalie Castanedo

    I grew up in Boyle Heights in the 70s and I’ve been going to Ciro’s since I was a kid. They had tbe best chips and salsa with avocado chunks. The flautas were one of my favorite dishes. When I ‘d get asked where to get delicious Mexican food in L.A., Ciro’s was always first on my list. I am really going to miss you. Now, where am I going to listen to oldies on a real jukebox? If you decide to reopen, I’ll be there.

  4. The last time I went to Ciro’s I was very disappointed, and I have always loved Ciro’s. I only go about 3 times a year and each time I go there dishes go up in price about $1.00. The food is great but when I was last there a plate of chile rellenos was nearly $17.00! This is not cuisine! On top of the I got charged for a GLASS of water (not a bottle).

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