Local Republic offers one of the few dining experiences in Gwinnett County that emphasizes the farm-to-table experience.
Opened in 2011 on the historic square in Lawrenceville, owner Ben Bailey was looking for a unique business to fill a void. Judging from the positive reviews, his decision to open a restaurant serving local ingredients, Gulf seafood and a selection of craft beers, appears to have been a wise one.
Local Republic”s food is generally Southern, from recipes inspired by Bailey”s family. But like most farm-to-table establishments, the menu varies based on seasonal availability, so check the restaurant”s website for a current listing. Prices for entrees are generally under $20, but some specials, like rabbit or boar, can range between $30-35.
Bailey emphasizes the importance of honesty and transparency with his customers; he likes to think of his relationship with his patrons as “touchable,”# meaning that he listens closely and takes his diners” comments to heart.# In fact, he says that this very customer feedback turned the restaurant more heavily toward the serving of locally-grown products.
Though complete farm-to-table service is difficult in Georgia, Bailey”s goal is to offer the freshest ingredients from the nearest sources to Local Republic guests.