|The beautiful Campanile may be closing soon|
But having chefs like Walter Manzke and pastry chef wife, Margarita, open their own restaurant and bakery, and in such a storied spot, only bodes well for all of us. It seems like the most fitting replacement. Manzke garnered much praise for his fare at Bastide and then at Church & State downtown, and he's done pop-up dinners here and there, always keeping his name in the news and his food on our plates so we don't forget what we have to look forward to when he finally resurfaces at his own spot.
Partnered with restaurant guru Bill Chait, Republique has been in the works for awhile now, but the initial downtown location did't pan out. This is a great consolation prize. The La Brea restaurant is central, in a historic building with longevity written all over it. The Daily Dish says if the deals goes through, the handover will likely happen by Dec. 1. So if you haven't been to Campanile's grilled cheese Thursdays for awhile, you have a couple of months. [via LAT]