Two months after declaring “the culinary team is in flux,” Republic Reign has settled its chef challenges by downgrading its kitchen. “Republic is moving forward with less of a spotlight on its kitchen and more of a focus on the overall experience,” writes Grace Newland, publicist for the concertedly swanky King Street lounge which opened this spring. Republic’s opening chef, Ben Harris, in October left the restaurant for a chef position with SERG Restaurant Group’s forthcoming Poseidon Coastal Cuisine and Rooftop Bar in Hilton Head. The following month, Newland reported that Republic’s owners were conducting interviews for his replacement. “We do anticipate a new menu, which will continue to focus on contemporary bar fare,” she wrote in November. But the lounge ultimately backed away from its plans, opting to leave the chef job unfilled. In other words, if your evening plans include Republic, eat somewhere else first.