18.2 C
Byron Shire
August 15, 2022

A great buzz about Republik

Latest News

Mental health explored at Ballina symposium

250 people attended the first free Community Mental Health Symposium last Thursday at Ballina RSL, with a range of expert speakers from various organisations explaining the dimensions of the problem and how best to move forward.

Other News

Bullet Train

A former and unlucky assassin codenamed ‘Ladybug’ is determined to do his job peacefully after one too many gigs...

Cartoon of the week – 10 August, 2022

The letters deadline for The Echo is noon Friday. Letters longer than 200 words may be cut. The publication of letters is at the discretion of the letters editor.

Lismore Council on gender equity in management

Last night Lismore Council met for their monthly meeting and Councillor Big Rob asked a question about gender equality in the upper echelons of Council.

Undesirable

​​An undeniable purpose in living is enjoyment, due to the fact that we have the capability to enjoy. What...

Potholes

Who’s with me in launching a class action against Byron and Lismore councils for compensation for us hapless ratepayers...

Recognition for Brunswick SLSC volunteers

Five national medals presented on behalf of Governor General David Hurley were some of the awards given to Brunswick...

Abuzz aplenty at Republik
Abuzz aplenty at Republik

Story and photos: Lesley Hannaford and Cristina Sharratt

Last Thursday night, the doors were thrown open for the official launch of Republik, and a lucky few had the chance to see what the new owners had done with the space, seemingly overnight. The music was great, drinks flowed and the laid back but professional wait staff made sure that everyone was looked after.

Set in the heart of Byron Bay on Jonson Street, the venue has had a few incarnations in the past four years; as a cafe, pizza bar and Italian restaurant. Two couples (Philippa and Jeremy Bennett, and Steven and Violet Innes) took over Sante this year and, using the experience gained during years of running well-known establishments in Byron Bay and overseas, they have transformed the place.

The eclectic art on the walls has been replaced with fantastic local photography, the booths have received a much-needed makeover and the takeaway pizza window has become the ultimate people-watching spot on Jonson Street.

What didn’t change was an emphasis on good food, an affordable menu and friendly, efficient service. 

A lot of love and hard work has clearly gone into the renovations. The tropical feature wall would give anyone serious wallpaper envy and the whole space has a sleeker, more contemporary look. The outside area now feels more defined as an alfresco terrace lit up by candles and fairy lights. Thoughtful touches like rugs to wrap up with on cooler nights ensure this space can be enjoyed all year round.

The new menu will be changing weekly, using the finest fresh produce sourced locally from the Northern Rivers and will include a range of contemporary dishes based on global influences.

The diverse wine list will represent a range of different wine styles, from both boutique and major producers, from around the globe, and if you are looking for something different their well-travelled bartenders will be able to create a cocktail to suit your mood. Happy hour is weekdays 5-6pm and weekends 4-6pm.

Republik offers a stylish comfortable environment with a warm, hospitable welcome to the whole community. Perfect for cosy couples in the courtyard or a group gathering if you’re lucky enough to nab one of those booths.

And if you’re a family, Mondays could be the new Friday. Parents take note – kids eat free at Republik every Monday night; there’s a special kids’ menu.

Republik: 95 Jonson St Byron Bay. Open 7 days: Mon-Thurs from 5pm, Fri-Sun from 4pm until late.
Reservations: 02 6685 5009.
Email: [email protected]


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Have your say on aged care facility in Kingscliff  

The developers of new $150 million redevelopment ‘designed to meet the growing and evolving needs of seniors in the region’, are inviting Kingscliff residents to take part in community consultation.

Fuel stolen from farmer

The cost of fuel continues to be a major consideration in the budget, particularly in country areas where distances travelled are inevitably further for your average daily needs like accessing shops, schools and other activities.

Developer proposes light industrial in Federal

Tasteful, reasonable and useful? Or noisy, oversized and intrusive? This is the question at the heart of the debate over a light industrial development that has been proposed for the heart of Federal.

‘We’re back!’ Homecoming for The Channon market

The reverberations of the February and March floods reached far beyond things most people expected – one of those things was the state of Coronation Park at The Channon where every second Sunday of the month one of the biggest and best markets on the Far North Coast is held.