Austin's year of restaurant closures claimed one final victim before the end of 2016. According to an announcement on the shop's website, Republic of Sandwich held its last day of service on December 21.
Pete O'Donnell and Thomas Gardner opened the cozy deli in North Central Austin at the corner of Hancock Drive and North Loop Boulevard in 2014. The restaurant prided itself in its meat selection, made in house.
"We would like to thank the Allandale/Rosedale communities and all of our customers for a great two-plus years. We appreciate the support that this community has provided us. It truly has been a pleasure serving you," reads the statement from the team.
While sandwiches were the star of Republic, bagels and breakfast tacos were also loved by regulars. The sides were elevated beyond your typical deli fare, with options like smoked mozzarella pasta salad and curried cauliflower. Republic also offered catering services in addition to its own line of unique hot sauces.
The shutter of the Hancock location is permanent, but it may not be the end for Republic. In the closing announcement, the eatery teased something new for the future: "We have some exciting opportunities to pursue and will keep you posted on what's next."