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Although French food isn’t exactly prevalent in Downtown, a reliable spot is Church and State, fashioned from an old Arts District loading dock.

After 10 years, the French bistro Church & State, which helped usher in the Arts District’s restaurant explosion, is changing hands.

Owner Yassmin Sarmadi told Los Angeles Downtown News that she and her husband and co-owner Tony Esnault (who also serves as chef) have accepted an offer to sell the Industrial Street destination to a buyer whose name she would not reveal.The restaurant will remain open and the name will not change.

News of the transaction first spread via the restaurant’s newsletter on Monday, April 22, with Sarmadi writing, “After ten fabulous years, we’re saying au revoir to DTLA.”The last night of service under Esnault and Sarmadi is scheduled for Saturday, April 27.

The move follows Sarmadi and Esnault’s decision to shut down their Historic Core fine dining French restaurant Spring last August.

Church & State opened in 2008 on a then-sleepy stretch of Industrial Street at the base of the Biscuit Company Lofts.

When Spring closed, Sarmadi and Esnault said that they are opening another project, Knife Pleat, in Orange County’s South Coast Plaza. They hope to start service in June. 

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