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Republique, Walter & Margarita Manzke's LA Restaurant

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Hillary Dixler Canavan is Eater's restaurant editor and the author of the publication's debut book, Eater: 100 Essential Restaurant Recipes From the Authority on Where to Eat and Why It Matters (Abrams, September 2023). Her work focuses on dining trends and the people changing the industry — and scouting the next hot restaurant you need to try on Eater's annual Best New Restaurant list.

One of the most anticipated openings this Fall, Republique in Los Angeles is ready to open its doors for a soft-opening tomorrow night. Eater LA takes a first look at the restaurant and finds that chefs Walter and Margarita Manzke have completely transformed the enormous space which was once home to Campanile and La Brea Bakery. The space is "cathedral-like" with "custom wood finishes, copper lighting accents that were once part of the edifice, and furniture built by Walter's father." The restaurant has an ambitious plan: to be an all-day restaurant with a morning and afternoon cafe and an evening wine bar and bistro that will eventually offer a tasting menu. The restaurant is slated to fully open for dinner on November 25, with the morning cafe and bakery not opening until sometime in mid-December. A back dining room which will serve the tasting menu will open sometime in early 2014.

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624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036