República Opens On the Plaza

Bread & Butter Concepts latest restaurant is now open, bringing Spanish flavors to the Country Club Plaza.

República, at home amongst the Country Club Plaza’s Spanish-inspired architecture, offers a modern take on traditional Spanish cuisine with more than 75 percent of ingredients imported from Spain.

From the Market Paella with seasonal veggies. Photo by Anna Petrow.

“We really wanted to stay true to Spanish culinary traditions while putting our own modern spin on dishes along with local flavors and ingredients,” says Chef de Cuisine Robert Cantú.

Cantú, along with Executive Chef Bradley Gilmore (a veteran of other Bread & Butter restaurants BRGR Kitchen + Bar, Urban Table and Gram & Dun) created a menu of tapas, ranging from hot to cold and large to small, and paellas, with two options changing daily for dinner. Singature dishes at the restaurant include a variation on patatas bravas made with oven-roasted purple Peruvian potatoes and served with black garlic aioli and tomato jam, and gambas, a traditionally plain dish transformed by Gilmore and Cantú with seared Fresno peppers, chili oil, garlic oil, toasted garlic and rye garlic, presented in a sizzling skillet with grilled bread.

República’s gambas. Photo by Anna Petrow.

República will offer several dishes prepared or finished tableside, including the paella, which will be mixed and served for guests at the table, and smoked Ahi Tuna Skewers presented by servers. Guests will also have the opportunity to play a part in the cooking process themselves with a Wagyu strip streak that is presented with a hot rock to be cooked at the table.

“Our menu is made specifically to open up the dialogue between the kitchen, bar and guests,” says Founder and CEO Alan Gaylin. “We want people asking questions and seeing the new, unique ways we’re presenting food.”

The interactivity carries over to the bar program headed up by Bread & Butter Concepts Director of Beverage Scott Tipton. Featured are three types of housemade sangrias and seven variations of Gin Tonics, poured tableside, as well as original signature cocktails made with housemade bitters, syrups and infusions, each having a Spanish influence. The wine list also showcases the restaurant’s Spanish flair, with guests having the option to enjoy their selections using porróns. And República offers a rarity in KC—a sherry list, with selections ranging from bone dry to super sweet.

It’s not just the food and drink that show Gaylin and company’s attention to detail. The relaxed yet lively atmosphere features a mix of both industrial and refined elements, including a Spanish mural that greets guests and dark stained wood walls. Other decor elements such as dim lighting of iron chandeliers, blue Spanish tile, a wall of porróns and bold, colorful accents evoke the spirit of Barcelona’s lively tapas bars.

República is open weekdays 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. – 1 a.m. and weekends 3 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.