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Small Bites: Steven Arroyo sells Church & State, Mr. Cecil’s opens today in Manhattan Beach, Lemonade opens Thursday at MOCA

September 23, 2009 |  3:57 pm


Beachy barbecue: California-style barbecue joint Mr. Cecil's California Ribs, which already has locations in West L.A. and Sherman Oaks, today opened its newest spot. Formerly Le Creperie Café, the downtown Manhattan Beach outpost features a bar and a new 60-seat dining room that dishes out beef ribs, St. Louis-style ribs, smoked tri-tip, catfish and more. 1209 Highland Ave., Manhattan Beach. (310) 546-5400, www.mrcecilscaliforniaribs.com.

Church & State changes hands: Yassmin Sarmadi has negotiated a purchase of ownership from Steven Arroyo, co-owner, of Church & State. Thankfully, Walter Manzke is still the chef. 1850 Industrial St., L.A. (213) 405-1434, www.churchandstatebistro.com.

New museum cafe: Lemonade's newest location opens Thursday at 11 a.m. when it becomes the official cafe of MOCA in downtown L.A. 250 S. Grand Ave. L.A. (213) 628-0200, www.lemonadela.com.

-- Elina Shatkin

Photo: Chef Walter Manzke (third from right) looks over a dish before it goes out at Church & State. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times