First Look: Republic Opens Sunday in Takoma ParkBy Rina Rapuano | December 6, 2013 By Rina Rapuano | December 6, 2013
DC-area food lovers generally get pretty revved up about the opening of a new restaurant by Black Restaurant Group, owners of such well-regarded restaurants as BlackSalt, Pearl Dive and Black’s Bar & Kitchen. But with the opening of Republic on Sunday, we’re guessing nobody is more excited than the people of Takoma Park, a neighborhood that has long been immune to the hip dining-room boom happening around DC.
Republic - a playful tip of the hat to the neighborhood’s nickname, the People’s Republic of Takoma Park - is a partnership between restaurateur and chef Jeff Black with former Pearl Dive chef Danny Wells. The casual yet trendy venue will start with dinner only but plans to roll out a weekday lunch and weekend brunch over the next few weeks. There will also be live music.
“The concept of the restaurant was really inspired by the neighborhood,” Wells said in a statement. “I grew up here, worked in my first kitchen here and my family still lives here. It’s a wonderful community, and we are excited to bring a new and exciting concept to the neighborhood, which I believe fills a real void.”
Here’s a preview of how the restaurant owners have interpreted what they call “Takoma Style.”
6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park; 301-215-6397