RESTAURANT REVIEW REPUBLIC PI
All Hail Republic (Pi) by Cara Strickland photography by Rick Singer Photography
here’s a newcomer to the Manito Shopping Center. Though the team that brought you Downriver Grill and The Flying Goat are hardly newcomers to the Spokane restaurant scene, their new venture is called Republic Pi, but I’m tempted to nickname it Flying Goat South. Both restaurants are pizza focused, though there are only two menu overlaps (The Waikiki, $14, and #37, AKA: The Kiernan, $15). Even though the crust uses a slightly different recipe, it was easy to forget that I wasn’t at the Flying Goat, a good thing by all accounts.
spokanecda.com • NOVEMBER • 2015
Still, Republic Pi has its own flavor and flair. If you were a patron of Vintages at 611, the former tenant of the space, you’re sure to notice the change. The atmosphere manages to be cozy and relaxed, but still feels like a place you might want to bring a date, or a client. On both my visits, the patronage spanned the full range from professionals grabbing a post-work drink to couples and college students. My dining companions and I never had trouble hearing each other talk, even when the restaurant was busy (which seems to be most of the time).