The staff at Republic is working to stay positive after learning time is up at Calhoun Square. The last day is Oct. 11.
“It could be a blessing in disguise,” said co-owner Matty O’Reilly.
O’Reilly said Republic in Uptown ran into several setbacks beyond its control. When Primebar abruptly left Calhoun Square (flooding the restaurant on the way out, O’Reilly noted), Republic staff learned their traffic was heavily dependent on the restaurant below them. And within a few weeks of proposing a new rooftop patio, he said, staff learned the mall was up for sale.
“Everything had to go on hold,” he said.
The Ackerberg Group purchased Calhoun Square in 2014.
As summer business became slow, O’Reilly said the bar owners suggested ideas to open a rooftop patio or rebrand the venue, but in the end they were asked to leave.
Business at Republic’s other location at Seven Corners is healthy, O’Reilly said. They’re purchasing a second Red River Kitchen food truck, planning an alleyway patio at Dan Kelly’s Pub, working on pitches for the State Fair, and opening a new venue at the airport.
“We’re being as positive as possible until the end,” O’Reilly said.
A marketing manager for Calhoun Square declined to comment.