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Among the food items sorely lacking in D.C. are kolaches. The Czech pastries made of pillowy dough with sweet or savory fillings are nearly as beloved as brisket in Texas. And thanks to Lone Star State natives Chris Svetlik and Brian Stanford, they’ll soon be coming to the District with the launch of Republic Kolache Co.

Svetlik and Stanford will give the public a first taste of their kolaches at Bardo Brewpub on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. They’ll hand out a couple hundred kolaches for free in limited flavors like half-smoke with jalapeño and cheddar as well as cream cheese and pecan. Bardo will, of course, serve beer at its Austin-like beer garden, and live folk music will be performed, too.

Republic Kolache Co. will also be launching a Kickstarter campaign on Saturday with the goal of raising $10,000 for equipment that will help them scale up their operations. The kolache makers, who are working out of Mess Hall, still have no plans for a brick-and-mortar location, but they are finalizing plans for an upcoming pop-up. Stay tuned for more on that.

Photo courtesy Republic Kolache Co.