The popular Lawrenceville restaurant, Local Republic, will be moving from the current location on West Crogan to a building that the owners, Ben Bailey and Chris Collin recently acquired at 139 N Perry St. The move is planned for the first quarter of 2016.
“We're spilling over into the street at our current spot and the small space has always had limitations for us and our guests,” says Bailey. “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.”
The new space is being designed by ai3, notable for restaurants Holeman & Finch Public House and Miller Union, amongst others. The restaurant will feature a craft liquor bar, open kitchen with chef's table and a private dining room on the second floor. The front of the building is planned to have a balcony that extends out over the sidewalk and the second floor will open up to create an outdoor eating area with views of the historic Gwinnett Courthouse on the square.
“Planning for this has taken a couple of years,” explains Collin. “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."
“The City and the DDA are excited to see the Mainstreet program at work with the historic preservation of a building on the Square,” shared Lisa Sherman, Director of Economic Development for the City of Lawrenceville. “With the added space, Local Republic – already a strong asset to our downtown – will bring more job opportunities and increased economic impact to the City’s central business district.
The group states that they will open a new concept in the current West Crogan building, but plans are not concrete. "We are exploring different options and the rumors are already cranking," laughs Bailey, "but we haven't made any solid plans. We want to bring something exciting and diverse to the square."
About ai3, Inc.
ai3’s multidisciplinary design services reveal the stories that give meaning and value to design. Founded in 2004, ai3 is transforming the way architects and interiors designers engage with clients to create energetic, compelling design that extend vision into reality. Through the exchange of ideas and thoughtful client dialogue, their creative approach has extended to other successful restaurants such as Holeman & Finch Public House, Miller Union, Seed Kitchen & Bar, Local 3 and Cooks & Soldiers. To learn more about ai3’s architecture, interior and product design services, please visit www.ai3online.com.