Beloved Takoma Park raw bar Republic will close on September 4, according to an announcement on the restaurant’s Instagram account.
The restaurant cited the pandemic, an expiring lease, and being unable to agree with the landlord on terms of a new lease as reasons for the closure. Former executive chef Danny Wells and restaurateur Chris Brown of Zinnia, Soko Butcher & Takoma Bev. Co. will team up to open Motorkat in the space.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the closing of Republic,” the post reads. “Our last day of service will be Sunday, September 4th.
“The last 2½ years of the pandemic have been merciless, unforgiving, and ultimately a hardship from which we could not recover. At the same time, our lease is set to expire and we have been unable to come to an agreement with the landlord on how to move forward.
“We are immensely grateful for the last 10 years. Thank you to our wonderful guests for their continued support. Thank you to the town of Takoma Park for embracing us as part of the community. Thank you to our amazing employees, past and present, for supporting the vision of Republic.
“Fortunately we are able to move the staff from Republic to our other restaurants where they hope to see you soon!
“Small businesses are struggling every day. Please continue to support your favorite restaurants and coffee shops.”
Graphic courtesy of Republic