Chefs Walter & Margarita Manzke have a lifelong love affair with food and have opened multiple successful restaurants and bakeries in Los Angeles and in the Philippines.
République, owned by the Manzkes, opened its doors in December 2013. Housed in a timeless and unique building with communal tables, a bakery and a cocktail bar, République takes inspiration from modern French cuisine and has appeared on many ‘best-of’ lists, and was awarded Los Angeles Magazine’s ‘Best New Restaurants’ for 2014.
Petty Cash, a semi-authentic taqueria, was inspired by a blend of wanting to create a vibe that was connected to Walter’s fond memories of Tijuana, combined with his love for music. The name Petty Cash is a play on both musical artists Johnny Cash and Tom Petty. Petty Cash’s menu features Walter’s interpretation of street food classics utilizing the best available local, seasonal and sustainable ingredients, rooted in multi-generational tradition and technique. The equally spirited cocktail program features unique craft cocktails on draft, as well as a range of eclectic Mexican spirits and a beer cellar.
Margarita Manzke was born in the Philippines and grew up in a kitchen at a hotel and restaurant just outside of Manila, Philippines. In the summer of 2012, Manzke, Margarita and his sister-in-law opened Wildflour Bakery and Café in Manila, Philippines. Similar in aesthetic to République, Wildflour features a long pasty counter, courier-front menu and not to mention the winding queue of eager diners. Filled with dishes like shakshouka and a decadent croque madame, Wildflour is the perfect late-morning weekend brunch spot. There are currently five locations of Wildflour Bakery and Café in the Philippines.