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Oct 1, 2013 01:33 PM

Republic in Berkley [MI]

Opened just two weeks ago (soft opening, I'm pretty sure.) Stopped in to take a look - it's small but very nice; all wood tables and old fashioned chairs, attractive small bar. Anybody chowed there yet? They're owned by Mitch's, who has had fab ribs for years.

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  1. Where is it?

    None of the mapping sites know about it. Nothing on Yawn. uSpoon finds Republica:

    Is that it?

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    1. re: rainsux

      Some sites might still think it's the BBC (Berkley Bistro and Cafe), which it was until a couple of years ago. I'm glad they upgraded the spot, the old owner let it fall into disrepair (my kid worked there for a while)

      I'm looking forward to trying it.

      1. re: rainsux

        1999 Coolidge, just north of 11 mile - used to be Berkley Breakfast Club.

      2. I'm assuming this is different than Public in Ferndale? All these new restaurants sound exactly the same!!!

        1. Thought this was corrected name = Republica

          1. I went last week with a friend. Sadly, we both ordered the same thing so I can't give too much of a review of the menu. We started with the Tomato-Fennel was so thick you almost could have used a fork. It made me happy that they weren't selling a watered down soup. The taste was great, although a little too hot but served in a coffee cup so it couldn't cool off well. It came with a slice of baguette on top that had been grilled with some sprinkled Parmesan. We also ordered the Beet and Arugula was a bit pricey at $12, I think, but very tasty and had blue cheese and nuts. The dressing was light and not overpowering. The amount of roasted beets in this salad was amazing. I would go back, although it's a little far from Rochester for lunch, and I would even order the same thing again.

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            1. re: grouper

              grouper, do you know if they are serving liquor yet?

              1. re: coney with everything

                I seem to remember my friend saying something about it. I think they had a drink menu, but since I was there for lunch I didn't really pay attention.

                1. re: coney with everything

                  We were there Saturday and they are serving now...nice small wine list, a good choice of local and microbrews. Burger was a burger, like the brioche roll, fries and excellent! Rib taster is really good as are ribs. Mixed reviews on the tomato soup/grilled cheese combo - our dining companions gave it a B- --soup way too thick, sandwich nothing special. Service was very nice and it's a cozy, cool place. Hey, anything cool come to Berkley is huge!

              2. NOTE: Name is Republica, no Republic. (And god forbid not republican).