You will be missed.
We got a much better response to RePublic than I expected! Several folks suggested that we use it as the pub's name, and we're gonna roll with it unless we come up with something better. No alternative spelling except for the capital P - we're not opposed to the idea altogether, but it would need to have a specific meaning so we're not perceived as out-of-touch old folks trying to sound hip. Limp Bizkit!
Themed bars are tricky because they tend to engage specific people and discourage everyone else. Using the dog idea as an example, we'd need to do a lot of research to determine if the area has enough people who are both dog lovers and craft beer drinkers (mmm... Venn diagrams). Dogs are inspiring, but a lot of other beers and breweries are named after them. Unless we think of something that blows us away, we're going to avoid themes.
Up next: tasting notes from our first test batch!