The founders of the Hancock Park restaurant Republique have agreed to open a bistro in the former Herald Examiner newspaper building, which is undergoing a renovation, it was reported Thursday.

The building on South Broadway, which was ordered built by newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst in 1914, has been shuttered since the Herald Examiner went out of business in 1989. But the once-blighted neighborhood where it stands is being transformed with apartments, hotels and offices.

New York real estate developer Georgetown Co. acquired control of the property in 2015 and announced plans to turn the building into leasable offices, with restaurants and shops on the ground floor, the Los Angeles Times reported. The renovated building, still partly owned by Hearst Corp., is set to open in two years.

The first tenants to commit are restaurateurs Walter and Margarita Manzke, who are known for serving modern French dishes at Republique. a pricey restaurant opened four years ago in a 1920s building on La Brea Avenue, The Times reported Wednesday. The Manzkes declined to comment on what kind of restaurant they plan for the Herald Examiner building.

—City News Service

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