7/13/2012 02:09:00 PM

Ex-Patina Chef Opening Spring Downtown

We knew Tony Esnault left the Patina flagship a few months ago, when he said he left to pursue other projects. Turns out he's partnered with Yasmin Sarmadi, owner of Church & State, to open a new French restaurant in the Douglas Building in Downtown LA's historic core. According to Squid Ink, Spring will be decidedly French with a focus on local, seasonal produce, something Esnault is already known for. His cooking will be lighter (less butter, more olive oil) and the menu will change often.

The restaurant won't be fine dining like Patina, but not quite a bistro like Church & State - somewhere in between. There will be a separate bar and lounge with its own menu, and a few C&S staffers to help with the wine and cocktail lists. Plans are to open the restaurant for dinner first, and eventually add brunch and lunch. But don't get too jazzed yet: The restaurant, located in the former Origami space (257 S. Spring St.) is slated for summer 2013.

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