The Eater Awards 2015: Winning Stone Cold Stunner, Restaurant of the Year and Chef of the Year, Sarah Welch. Mindfield USA renovations of the G.A.R. Castle returned one of downtown's stunning pieces of architecture into a worthy dining destination. Republic's design pays homage to the building's past without being chained to it. Designer Peter Gurski's flair for set design shines through in jewel-toned seating and antique mirror wall, while artist Gregory Siff's expressive painting brings the restaurant firmly into the present.