Renovations are still underway at the Herald-Examiner building on 11th and Broadway in Downtown, but it seems like an eager tenant has already committed to setting up shop after the dust clears. The Los Angeles Times reports that Walter and Margarita Manzke, owners of the fancy Miracle Mile eatery République, will open a restaurant in the building when it opens in two years.
Former Herald-Examiner publisher Hearst Corp. and its partner, Georgetown Co., own the building, which sits on the border between South Park and the Fashion District. The handsome structure is slated for conversion into creative office space and first-floor restaurants and shops.
The duo didn’t say whether their restaurant in the Herald-Examiner building would follow in République’s footsteps price-wise, “but the extent of the $50-million renovation suggests that a higher-priced fine-dining establishment would fit there,” says the Times.
The Manzkes also have a few lower price-point eateries in LA, including Petty Cash on Beverly and the Sari Sari Store in Grand Central Market, says Eater LA.
The 1910s-era Herald-Examiner building was commissioned by William Randolph Hearst and designed by Julia Morgan, the interior of the Mission Revival/Spanish Colonial structure is said to be gorgeous—especially its lobby, which is adorned with “carved wood panels, hand-painted floor tiles, hammered iron grills, marble and gold.”