Earlier this week Eater broke news that celebrated chef Walter Manzke was likely about to sign a deal to take over chef Mark Peel's longtime La Brea institution, Campanile. In an e-mail yesterday evening, Manzke confirmed that he indeed is taking Campanile, and that here, with the help of restaurateur Bill Chait, he plans to open Republique, his haut French bistro concept originally headed to the Arts District downtown.
This is major news for two reasons. Firstly, Campanile — once an iconic LA restaurant launched in 1989 by Peel and Nancy Silverton — is set to close after 23 years of business (word on the street is that Manzke takes over in December). Secondly, ever since Manzke convinced diners to try buttery escargot at Church & State, a dish that still remains on the menu to this day, he has amassed a large contingent of food-focused diners ready to follow his every move. Since then his stint at Milo & Olive proved successful, too.
Finally, a more size-appropriate home for Manzke, and it seems as though the attached La Brea Bakery could house Factory Baking Company as well.
·Sounds Like Walter Manzke is Taking Over Campanile [~ELA~]