The Royal team, Melanie Nye and chef Rachid Kourda, took several months to renovate the space at 45 Lexington St. to give it a "cozy, chill vibe." Red walls complement lots of black leather furniture and vintage-inspired decorations, and candles illuminate the restaurant.
Kourda will build the menu with locally-sourced produce and meats as much as possible, according to a press release about the grand opening. He will also take care in plating the food: "I am not only a chef, but also an artist. The food I create is ‘sexy food’ with a unique design to each plate," he says in the release.
An express menu of breakfast sandwiches and entrees is available beginning at 7 a.m., with the full lunch menu taking over at 11:30 a.m. Kourda will offer a daily $15 "Bento box" of five small sides and an entree, plus flatbreads, salads, pasta dishes, and more. A sample menu is on Royal's Facebook page. Dinner will be served from 4 - 11 p.m., including a nightly four-course prix-fixe option.