Republic bar and restaurant closes with plans to relocate

The West Bank restaurant shuttered last November with an uncertain timeline for reopening.

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The Republic building November 2016 via Google Maps.

Lydia Morrell, City Reporter

The West Bank bar and restaurant Republic closed with plans to relocate from its Cedar-Riverside location.

Republic announced its “bar and dining room will be closed until further notice” in a Nov. 8 Facebook post. The building owners put the building up for sale and Republic will move to a different location, according to the bar’s general manager Pejmon Nadimi.

The new location and timeline for opening is “to be determined,” Nadimi said.

Matty O’Reilly, the owner of Republic, could not be reached for comment. O’Reilly owned three other restaurants and a hospitality consulting business in the Twin Cities area before September, according to a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal article.

O’Reilly closed the St. Paul restaurant Bar Brigade and consulting business Banner Year Advisors in September 2020, according to the article. As for O’Reilly’s other two restaurants, The Foxtrot Burger Spot in St. Paul is listed online as permanently closed and Nadimi and another partner took over management of Sandy’s Tavern in Richfield at the end of last year.