Brewpub wineshop to open near Oceanfront

Home Republic

A brewpub/wineshop is to open in May on Laskin Road, not far from the Virginia Beach oceanfront.

Owner Joe Curtis, of Norfolk, and his fiancée Barbara McElroy, of Portsmouth, hope to open Home Republic by the end of May.

“We want to attract people who love good beer and wine,’’ Curtis said.

Virginia beers will be showcased at the restaurant, but other beers will also be available.

Curtis and McElroy said the food would be elevated American cuisine, with an emphasis on grilled food with regional influences.

“We want you to feel like you’re at home,’’ Curtis said.

The wine selection will be national and global. The wineshop will sell wine and growlers to go.

Customers will be able to try both beer and wine flights.

Curtis won’t have his brewing permit when the place opens but hopes to be brewing by late summer. He plans to have three or four of his own brews at a time. He’ll focus on pale ales and IPAs. He’s also testing sorghum and gluten-free beers.

Curtis retired from the U.S. Marine Corps as a lieutenant colonel a year ago.

Find out more on the restaurant's Facebook page,

By Bernadette Kinlaw
© April 28, 2014