Restaurants & Bars 6

Republic in Bloomfield

captainbeefheart | Jun 18, 201208:57 AM

Checked out Republic on Jerome Avenue in Bloomfield, CT, site of the former Mavi. Had a drink at the bar, read the menu and spoke to one of the owners and a few of the staff. Republic calls itself a gastro pub. The menu seems eclectic and ambitious, not the standard pub fare (coq au vin; steak frites w/ 18 ribeye, the somewhat ubiquitous lobster mac n cheese, a $46 hamburger made with Kobe beef and foie gras) But there are some small plates and more reasonably priced options as well. Can't speak for the food yet, but I loved what they have done with the space: open kitchen, exposed 2nd floor with new staircase, dark wood, tin ceiling tiles, sort of urban chic. I want to like this place. It seems a very nice addition to a neighborhood that really needs another option.

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