When a sports franchise needs an overhaul, they bring in a heavy hitter and hand him the reigns -- the Dolphins tapped Bill Parcells to right their ship, while the Lions brought in Matt Millen to ensure they'd get every 1st-round receiver ever. Bringing in a culinary ringer, Farmerie 58
F58's cocktails also go the sustainable route (i.e., the Farm Fresh Mojito). Upstairs, you'll also find an L-shaped raw bar serving East & West Coast oysters and, nostalgically, Republic's vaunted maki rolls -- to build a winner, even The Tuna needs a few holdovers.
With F58, the owners of what was Republic have rustic'd up their bi-level restaurant and entrusted it to the exotically named William Alexander (ex- of The Dining Room at Kendall College, and N'Orleans stalwarts Emeril's and Commander's Palace), who's switched the menu from Asian to locally sourced & sustainable, southern-tinged American bistro fare.