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November 09, 2017

Nick Elmi's Royal Boucherie is opening

Restaurant's focus is on charcuterie, shellfish, classic cocktails

Food & Drink Restaurants
Royal Boucherie Catherine Hennessy/Royal Boucherie

Royal Boucherie opens in Old City on Nov. 9.

"Top Chef" Season 11 winner Nick Elmi, who owns Laurel and ITV, is opening the doors to his new restaurant Royal Boucherie tonight.

The American brasserie with a French-inspired menu isn't located on East Passyunk Avenue like Elmi's other two establishments. Instead, it's on Second Street in Old City.

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The menu includes dishes like Smoked Trout Croquette and Chicken Fried Rabbit, but the main focus is on charcuterie, shellfish and classic cocktails.

Catherine Hennessy/Royal Boucherie

The food at Royal Boucherie is French-inspired.

As for what the bi-level, 150-seat space looks like, the pine flooring dates back to the 1830s, and there are exposed brick walls and tin ceilings.

On the first floor, there are two antique-looking bars. One is dedicated to the restaurant’s oyster and raw seafood offerings. There's also a fireplace and bistro-style tables.

Up the wooden staircase is the "Sitting Room," which features additional seating for up to 40, as well as a third bar. An outdoor garden terrace can accommodate up to 35 people in the warmer months.

Sundays through Thursdays the restaurant is open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, it will stay open until 11 p.m. The bar will be open until 2 a.m., serving a late night menu until 1 a.m. Brunch and lunch services will begin sometime in 2018.

Royal Boucherie

Open at 5 p.m. daily
52 S. Second St.
(267) 606-6313