After a few quiet months in the downtown restaurant scene, Crown Republic Gastropub on Sycamore Street is looking to bring back some fun to the summer weekends with their ’90s-themed Sunday brunches, starting June 14.
Though Crown Republic has long had brunch specials on Saturdays and kept its doors closed on Sundays, Chef Anthony Sitek says he and his wife and managing partner Haley Nutter-Sitek decided to shake things up by closing during lunch hours Monday through Wednesday and do something fun on Sundays to help break the “quarantine blues.”
So why this decade? “It’s a different vibe,” Sitek says. “It brings you back to a time when you feel like everybody was just having a good time. And who doesn’t love ’90s music?”
Inspired by the tunes and movies that defined Sitek’s upbringing, the menu includes hits like the Boyz II Maple pancakes, the Glazed and Confused French toast, and the Barbie Girl breakfast sandwich. Guests can also enjoy Pulped Fiction mimosas and bloody marys, all set to a soundtrack of the decade’s hip-hop beats. Brunch will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Crown Republic is taking safety measures to protect the health of employees and restaurant-goers by checking employees’ temperatures each day, providing staff with masks, and putting up barriers between spaced-out tables. Though capacity is somewhat reduced, the patio is open to provide expanded seating.
“There’s still enough people to have a good party and be safe,” Sitek says.
Crown Republic Gastropub, 720 Sycamore St., downtown, (513) 246-4272