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Downtown Dining Developments: Church & State's New Space, Towne and Soleto Opening, New Markets, And More

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It's hard to remember a time when DTLA was sketched out and skeevy. Every time we turn a corner on those blasted one-way streets, there's a new bar or restaurant opening up. Here's what's happening in the Downtown dining scene this week:

Church & State purchases new space: Brigham Yen reports that the owners of the classic French bistro Church & State have purchased another property on 3rd and Spring, which was formerly home to Oragami Sushi and Ma Petite Patisserie/Lot 77. They hope to open their new French concept called Spring, which will be more casual with its Southern France inspirations, by summer of next year.

New farmers market on Sundays in the Historic Core: Though there are currently four other farmers markets in the area, this Sunday marks the first installation of a weekend market in DTLA. It will take over a block of Fifth Street, between Spring Street and Broadway, which hopefully won't cause too much congestion considering there won't be any commuters around. L.A. Downtown News notes that there will be roughly 20 vendors organized with help from Southland Farmers Market Association, who are the organizers behind the sprawling Santa Monica and Hollywood markets. The market will run between 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. The road will be closed from 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Towne Food and Drink opening tomorrow: This new 9th and Flower restaurant boasts a 7,000 square foot space in the Watermaker Tower. The urban chic interior will be accompanied by cooking from chef Ryan Morrison, previously Director of Culinary Development for Scott Conant and pastry by Tamara Davis of Bottega Louie. The beverage program will be overseen by Jason Bran of the Roger Room.

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Soleto opening pushed back: IDG's mega-restaurant on 8th and Fig had an anticipated opening day slated for tomorrow, but they will be pushing it back. The tentative opening of the trattoria/pizza bar is slotted for the week of July 16, though they have been soft open since late June. Chef Sascha Lyon, formerly of Delphine at the W, will be manning the kitchen when Soleto finally does open its doors.