When one door closes, another one opens. Chef John des Rosiers took that adage literally today, with the opening of his new eatery Royce, located where else but in the exact same spot as Moderno, which closed last month.
“We think people just weren’t into it. We did a good job, but sometimes it doesn’t matter,” Chef Rosiers told ChicagoMag.com about his unsuccessful Italian restaurant.
A glance at Royce’s menu reveals a change for the chef this time around. Rather than Italian fare, he opts for classic comfort food with an upscale twist. Menu items include burgers dressed half a dozen ways, from a sprinkling of blue-cheese and port wine sauce to layers of smoked bacon and gouda.
Guests can also design their own grass-fed beef, turkey, or veggie burgers, or select from a concise list of mains, such as roasted half chicken or local whitefish encrusted with fresh herbs.
Royce is located in Highland Park at 1850 2nd St.. The average price per entrée is around $15.