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Busy Duo Behind Republique Decide Against Opening in Downtown LA

Plus new breweries to know, and a James Beard dinner in Downtown tonight

The Manzke chefs from Republique in Los Angeles stand for a portrait.
Walter and Margarita Manzke
Jakob N. Layman
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

Margarita and Walter Manzke have decided to step away from their planned Downtown Los Angeles restaurant inside the historic Herald Examiner Building, Eater has learned. The pair are instead focusing on their endlessly busy projects Republique and Sari Sari Store (as well as their collection of restaurants in the Philippines), and their upcoming Bicyclette dual-restaurant project on the Westside. They tell Eater: “We are sorry to see the project go and loved the location, but the timing wasn’t quite right for our team to take this on.”

— The James Beard Foundation is coming to Los Angeles for a dinner tonight at Dama in the Fashion District, featuring food from Melissa Perello (M. Georgina) and Antonia Lofaso.

— MillerCoors is closing its highly visible brewery in Irwindale off the 210 freeway, though beer could still be made there in the future under a purchase agreement with Pabst, reports the LA Times.

— Culver City restaurant Burrata House has a new location at Hollywood and Highland.

— An interesting dining event and exhibition called Asian in America is happening at the Japanese American National Museum in LA on January 23. More info and tickets can be found here.

— Food GPS has the early word on some new breweries to watch for in 2020, including Benny Boy Brewing and Scholb Premium Ales.

— The Historic Core BID is out with a fun video series that looks at some of the community’s most prominent business partners, including one on MadLab Coffee below.