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A Pub for the Whole Family

Pub Republic owners Jory Bergman and Mark Edwards want to make their restaurant a place where mom and dad can eat tasty and where kids get plenty of options too

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.

See a sample menu here

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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Mark Guttormsen October 14, 2012 at 06:13 AM
Alot of high-calorie, fried choices here. Not a child-friendly menu. I hope they make some adjustments before the open. Best of luck!
Jory October 14, 2012 at 02:18 PM
Mark & Karen, we have only published a few samples off our regular menu... Lots more to come! The kids menu has yet to be published and will have natural, organic fresh fruits and veggies, grass-fed beef, turkey, veggie burger, whole wheat buns, etc. :-)
Carol M Jones October 14, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I know Jory and Mark will make good healthy choices for a child's menu since they both have children and they are both into health and fitness I find it very harsh to criticize before opening or experiencing. Being in the restaurant business most of my life, I know they will make it nutritional and tasty for child and adult both. I wish you best of luck and I support you all the way. Carol J
lynn parker October 15, 2012 at 04:22 PM
The menu looks fabulous.please let us know of opening date...we will definatly be there.
lia October 15, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Funny how Karen and Mark want opposite things (more greasy, less greasy, basically). Personally, I have a picky 11 year old son, but I'm sure he'd scarf down either that Mac N' Cheese with bacon, a burger and a salad. And we haven't even seen the kids menu yet. I don't like seafood and am also picky, but the menu seems to have a nice variety. Can't wait to check it out. And yay for organic!!!

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