There has been a lot of press lately about the 3% Obamacare surcharge added to all patrons’ checks at LA’s hot new French restaurant, Republique. The surcharge is intended to pay for health care insurance for restaurant employees, and for those diners who find the surcharge objectionable, the restaurant recommends deducting it from the gratuity. Whether this is a well meaning attempt to provide better benefits to restaurant employees, a slam on Obamacare, or a brilliant publicity stunt, personally, I don’t like it. What’s next? A surcharge for electricity or for paper towels in the bathroom? Republique should do what all other restaurants do; factor its total overhead into its food prices.
But the problem with Republique increasing food prices to pay for healthcare insurance is that the food there is overpriced to begin with. Sure, the place (it’s in the old Campanile space) is hip and fun and they offer a mezcal-based cocktail called “Speaking in Tongues.” But to me it’s all about the food, and the food at Republique, just like the Lakers this season, is sadly mediocre; merely good and unfortunately not great. Dining there recently left me thinking of that Peggy Lee song “Is That All There Is?” — the answer to which in this case is “yes and you get to pay an additional 3% for it.”
Republique is located at 624 S La Brea Ave, Los Angeles (Mid-City).
13 Responses to Le Mediocre
I believe the restaurant is called Républiquan.
Hilarious! They seem to have pissed off people on both sides of the aisle. A conservative friend of mine said they should start serving Chicken Kiev.
obamacare for business does not start til next year. also some places have eliminated Gratuities altogether, and adjust their prices accordingly. and pay their employees a living wage.
I haven’t been to a place like that here. In Japan, there are no gratuities and sevice is generally great. Not sure it would be the same here.
The photos look AMAZING especially the uni with scrambled egg….
Thanks. That uni dish was OK.
The food in the pictures look very delicious to me.
Thanks. I always try to make the food look as appealing as possible in my photos. And it’s not bad, just overpriced and not amazing.
A very good review and a good statement. Let us not start mixing entertainment i.e. restaurant dining with the stress of the political world.
1) no good can come from stealing a property out from under a long time resident
2) being slick doesn’t make you good
3) having an iconic building doesn’t make YOU iconic
4) if Republique is destined to be great it will have to have heart