New Modern Mexican Cantina Pop-Up Coming to Downtown's Crown Republic Gastropub

On Tuesday nights, Crown Republic will host a special "Cantina" pop-up inside the restaurant.

click to enlarge A spread of dishes available at the Cantina pop-up - PHOTO: CROWN REPUBLIC GASTROPUB
Photo: Crown Republic Gastropub
A spread of dishes available at the Cantina pop-up

A new flavor is coming to downtown's Crown Republic Gastro Pub.

On Tuesday nights, the restaurant group — which also owns Losanti Steak House and Rosie's Cocktails & Pies — will host a special "Cantina" pop-up inside Crown Republic.

The Cantina will be open from 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays, with limited seating. The first pop-up takes place July 27 and there are 50 reservations available via

Chef Johnny Curiel and owner Anthony Sitek are the masterminds behind the menu, which offers "a modern take on some traditional Mexican dishes," says Curiel in a release. 

Dishes include corn elote, which "uses nixtamalized Heirloom corn from farmers in Mexico." There are also tacos with fillings ranging from Baja fish and carnitas to suadero (smoked brisket), pollo asado and sweet potato. Entree-sized options include enchiladas verdes and chicken mole. All dishes are gluten-free. 

“The menu is exciting and I can’t wait for our guests to experience what we have created," Sitek says. “The response from our Cinco De Mayo pop-up the last two years really showed us there was an opportunity for a new concept like this. We invite everyone to stop by and check things out!”

Crown Republic Gastro Pub is located at 720 Sycamore St., Downtown. More info:

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