The venue that formerly and briefly housed Zocalos on Lakeville Highway is getting a transformation.
Gone are the burritos and $2 Tecates. Instead visitors to Pub Republic, scheduled to open by the end of October, will be treated to a foodie-friendly menu that includes Cajun fried calamari, steak, truffle burgers, Brussels sprout tacos, salads and four types of soups.
Besides being foodie-friendly, the new owners, Novato residents Jory Bergman and Mark Edwards are aiming to make the pub family-friendly too, where mom and dad can choose from a wide selection of beers on tap and every kid’s meal is served with fresh carrots and apple slices.
The feeling they are going for is cozy and fun, a place where people come together to watch a game, celebrate a birthday or just have an evening out.
“We really want to create a community pub,” Bergman said. “We will have TVs that show sports games, election coverage, whatever people feel is important.”
Before throwing herself into opening a new restaurant, Bergman worked in human resources for San Rafael software company Autodesk while Edwards is a former partner at Finnegan’s, a Novato pub and restaurant.
Ingredients for Pub Republic's menu will come from local suppliers and be organic as much as possible. They include produce from Green String Farm, bread from Bordenave’s Bakery in San Rafael, Golden Gate Meats and Costarella Seafood, whose owner Bob Costarella lives in Petaluma.
Pub Republic is located at 3120 Lakeville Highway and will open at the end of October.
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