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République owners opening restaurant in downtown L.A.'s historic Herald Examiner building

The flurry of new development among some long-neglected blocks of downtown Los Angeles is pulling in thousands of new residents and overnight tourists — and some high-profile restaurateurs are next.The founders of République, a lauded fine-dining establishment in Hancock Park, have agreed to open a bistro in the former Herald Examiner newspaper building, which is undergoing a renovation.Built by newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst in 1914, the landmark building on South Broadway has been shuttered since the newspaper went out of business in 1989. But now its once-blighted neighborhood is being transformed with apartments, hotels and offices.New York real estate developer Georgetown Co. acquired control of t ...