Kolache Republic store opening on South High Street

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After receiving a parking variance for their business, the owners of Kolache Republic are ready to roll on a new Brewery District store.

Dusty Kotchou, Rick Jardiolin and Doug Sauer plan to open their permanent location in April at 730 S. High St. at the corner of Frankfort Street.

The three men started the business two years ago, selling their merchandise at farmers markets, food-cart gatherings and special events.

They've been making their kolaches, a sweet Czech pastry, at home and, when they have big orders to fill, rent space at professional kitchens.

Jardiolin, a native of Texas, imported the idea from the Lone Star State, where kolache venues are as popular as doughnut shops.

Jardiolin's sister-in-law, who is of Czech descent and had her own store outside of Houston, got the three entrepreneurs started on an authentic recipe.

The pastries involve a filling in the center of sweet dough.

Kolache Republic specializes in fresh, homemade fruit preserves, sweet cheese and nut options.

"As far as kolaches are concerned, you can throw anything in them," Sauer said. "It's all about the dough."

They also specialize in the klobasnek, a savory variation of the kolache, which uses locally made kielbasa, plus jalapenos and pepper jack cheese for a Southwest kick.

In addition, Kolache Republic also sells runza, another stuffed-dough creation that includes sauerkraut, onion, ground beef and spices.

Individual items will cost between $1.75 and $5. The menu will be expanded to include soups, salads and other items, Sauer said.

The new store will be mostly carryout, with seating for about 16.

The place will sell a line of coffee drinks, teas and other assorted beverages.

Kotchou said they were looking for almost two years in the downtown and surrounding neighborhoods before finding the 850-square-foot South High Street location, formerly a real estate office.

"We all live in the downtown, German Village and Merion Village area and we wanted to stay close to home," Kotchou said. "The Brewery District is coming back."

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