Kolache Republic Now Open in The Brewery District
European pastries, even though they all have names that sound alike, are as different as the countries from which they originally hail. In Columbus, we’ve been able to enjoy some of the best German suessigkeiten at Juergen’s, savor authentic French cannelés at Pistacia Vera, and indulge in Austrian kaiserschmarr’n occasionally at Mozart’s Piano Bar & Café.
Kolaches are Czech treats, made from slightly sweet yeast dough baked with a variety of fruit, cheese, and nut fillings. The flavor is an interesting cross between a danish and a shortbread cookie, making it the ideal nibble for breakfast, brunch, mid-morning snack, or dessert.
The store, located at 730 South High Street, opened earlier this month with a menu comprised of both sweet and savory offerings. It’s only 800 square feet, and can accommodate a mere dozen, but what Kolache lacks in space, it makes up for in flavor, passion, and service.
“We are excited to be Columbus’ first kolache shop,” shares owner Dusty Kotchou. “Our dough is one we’ve perfected from a recipe handed down, our fillings are made from scratch, and we source locally whenever possible.”
The sweet pastries, which will be in a daily rotation of 8-10 flavors like Lemon Sweet Cheese, Almond Poppy Seed and Chocolate, cost only $2 a piece. Kolache Republic also offers Café Brioso brews, the perfect accompaniment for your decadent delicacy.
They serve savory kolaches as well, in flavors like Kielbasa, Cheddar and Jalapeno, Sausage, and Hot Hot Hot Polish for around $4. Runzas, their special dough filled with ground beef, cabbage, sauerkraut, and onions, are a delicious lunch time option, and you can get it served with pasta or fruit salad, or bohemian baked beans.
Kolache Republic opens in an area that is not only on the rise right now, but one that has always supported the small business owner with the same enthusiasm as the big. The Brewery District is optimal for the vision Kolache Republic has for its future, especially as we judge the success of other similar ventures in the community.
“We chose the Brewery District because we wanted to be in an area that was near the downtown, yet be a part of a local neighborhood,” adds Kotchou. “The location’s proximity to German Village and Merion Village made it all the more appealing. We look forward to serving the community.”
Kolache Rebulic is open Monday-Friday, 7am-2pm, and on Saturdays from 8am-3pm. For more on their daily menu options, follow them at www.facebook.com/Kolacherepublic.
Photos by Walker Evans.