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The Tex-Mex Republic Cantina comes from the Texan-born co-founder of Republic Kolache
A residential strip in Truxton Circle just got a dose of cool Texan culture with the arrival of an airy cactus-covered cafe called Republic Cantina.
Owner and Houston native Chris Svetlik, co-founder of D.C. pop-up Republic Kolache, teamed up with partner Sam Lipnick for his first brick-and-mortar restaurant (43 N Street NW). In addition to serving the rotating kolaches (Texas’s favorite pastry) that have appeared at Hill Country, American Ice Company, Reliable Tavern in recent years, the brick-lined eatery nearly nearly two years in the making brings breakfast tacos; traditional breakfast pastries, and coffee from Northeast roaster Small Planes to the neighborhood.