Local Republic planning relocation for next year

A concept drawing for Local Republic’s new location on the downtown Lawrenceville square being designed by ai3. The move is planned for the beginning of 2016. (Special Photo)

Next year commuters on West Crogan street will no longer pass by the popular dining spot Local Republic, because the restaurant is relocating. But Lawrenceville foodies don’t need to worry — the restaurant isn’t going far.

The move is planned for the beginning of 2016, with Local Republic relocating to a nearby building on the downtown square beside Fleet Feet Sports and near McCray’s Tavern.

Owners Ben Bailey and Chris Collin recently acquired the 139 N. Perry Street spot and are looking forward to having the extra space.

“We’re spilling over into the street at our current spot and the small space has always had limitations for us and our guests,” Bailey said in a statement. “We have one of the best burgers in the south and our guests, including ourselves, would love to see fries on the menu. We are excited we get to do that in the new spot.”

Local Republic opened its current location, a converted service station from the 1940s, four years ago and has earned a reputation over the years for serving unique craft beers and wines as well as incorporating locally produced foods into the menu.

The new space is being designed by ai3, notable for restaurants Holeman & Finch Public House and Miller Union, and will feature a craft liquor bar, open kitchen with chef’s table and a private dining room on the second floor.

Diners can also look forward to picturesque views of the historic Gwinnett Courthouse on the square — a balcony that extends out over the sidewalk is planned for the front of the building, and underneath, the second floor will open up to create an outdoor eating area.

“Planning for this has taken a couple of years,” Collin said in a statement. “We presented our plan to the City of Lawrenceville’s Downtown Development Authority and with their help, we were able to acquire the property we needed. It’s awesome to see the DDA and City Council working with small businesses to rebuild the square.”

Bailey and Collin have plans for a new concept at the current West Crogan spot but aren’t ready to reveal the details.

“We are exploring different options and the rumors are already cranking,” Bailey said, “but we haven’t made any solid plans. We want to bring something exciting and diverse to the square.”

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