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Health care surcharge riles customers at top LA eatery




From left to right: Taylor Parsons, Republique Beverage Director and Sommelier , Christian Philippo, General Manager, Walter Manzke, Chef, Margarita Manzke, Chef, and Bill Chait, Managing Partner.
From left to right: Taylor Parsons, Republique Beverage Director and Sommelier , Christian Philippo, General Manager, Walter Manzke, Chef, Margarita Manzke, Chef, and Bill Chait, Managing Partner.
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From left to right: Taylor Parsons, Republique Beverage Director and Sommelier , Christian Philippo, General Manager, Walter Manzke, Chef, Margarita Manzke, Chef, and Bill Chait, Managing Partner.
The two-story space, once the place where Charlie Chaplin kept an office, took a year to complete. Most recently, it was home to Campanile, which was founded in 1989 by Mark Peel and his then-wife Nancy Silverton.
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From left to right: Taylor Parsons, Republique Beverage Director and Sommelier , Christian Philippo, General Manager, Walter Manzke, Chef, Margarita Manzke, Chef, and Bill Chait, Managing Partner.
All of Republique’s 80-plus workers work fulltime and receive healthcare, right down to the dishwashers and the bakers.
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From left to right: Taylor Parsons, Republique Beverage Director and Sommelier , Christian Philippo, General Manager, Walter Manzke, Chef, Margarita Manzke, Chef, and Bill Chait, Managing Partner.
Since opening less than three months ago in Hancock Park, the French-inspired bistro and bakery, Republique has been packed every night. It also serves pastries and coffee in the morning.
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The French-inspired Bistro and bakery, Republique, in Hancock Park has been open for less than three months, but it's been packed every night.

It's been called LA's hottest new restaurant, but it also might be the most controversial because of a little surcharge they've instituted. And it has nothing to do with the gratuity. KPCC's Ben Bergman reports.

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