Restaurateurs Danny Wells and Jeff Black promised Republic would bring live music to Takoma Park. Now that the restaurant has gotten into its groove after its December opening, the performance schedule is up and running, beginning with a March 9 benefit featuring former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic.
Novoselic will be joined by The New Yorker writer Hendrik Hertzberg and Maryland state senator Jamie Raskin in a fundraiser for FairVote, a Takoma Park-based election reform advocacy group chaired by Novoselic.
Other upcoming acts, which have been booked by Catherine Rytkonen, formerly of the 9:30 Club, include Juels Bland (March 16) Kalen and the Sky Thieves (March 22) and Laura Tsaggaris (March 29), along with several open mike nights.
Chef Wells and bar manager Brett Robison have created a late-night menu for hungry concertgoers, with jerk-spiced sweet potato chips ($4) and sandwiches like the duck confit Cubano ($14). Desserts include a cookie plate ($6) and buttermilk panna cotta ($7).
One of the additions to the cocktail menu is the Ring of Fire ($11), a tribute to Johnny Cash made with cognac, sambuca and Peychaud’s bitters, and the "Troll's Blood," Cynar, Angostura bitters, an Angostura flame, sugar, and an egg white. There are also "Bingers," a lineup of six beer-and-a-shot combinations. See the full menu here.
Republic, 6939 Laurel Ave., Takoma Park. 301-270-3000.