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Republic in Berkley [MI]

berkleybabe Oct 1, 2013 01:33 PM

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.

  1. rainsux Oct 1, 2013 02:15 PM

    Where is it?

    None of the mapping sites know about it. Nothing on Yawn. uSpoon finds Republica: http://www.republicaberkley.com

    Is that it?

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    1. re: rainsux
      coney with everything Oct 2, 2013 04:59 AM

      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
        berkleybabe Oct 2, 2013 04:37 PM


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

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        Elyssa Oct 2, 2013 12:53 PM

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

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          berkleybabe Oct 5, 2013 04:22 PM

          Thought this was corrected name = Republica

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            grouper Oct 15, 2013 04:27 AM

            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 soup...it 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 salad...it 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
              coney with everything Oct 15, 2013 08:40 AM

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

              1. re: coney with everything
                grouper Oct 16, 2013 02:55 AM

                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
                  berkleybabe Oct 21, 2013 02:47 PM

                  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!

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                berkleybabe Oct 21, 2013 02:48 PM

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

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                  prcentauri Dec 20, 2013 01:20 PM

                  Had their lamb burger and the bacon/kale/tomato/duck sandwich. Both items were very good.

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