Raleigh, NC – Royale, an American bistro with French and European influences, will open this fall in the former Battistella’s space at 200 East Martin Street in the City Market area of downtown Raleigh, following interior renovations.
Will Jeffers, Royale’s founding partner – and also a partner in Raleigh’s highly acclaimed Stanbury, recognized in 2014 by Southern Living as one of the “100 Best Restaurants In the South” – has assembled a new-to-the-area culinary team for this restaurant which will serve as an anchor to the revitalization of City Market.
“Soon after meeting Jeff and Jesse it became clear that our complimentary experience would be the foundation to a strong partnership,” explained Jeffers, who serves as General Contractor and will oversee operations at Royale with his partners.
Jeff Seizer joins as partner and Executive Chef, and Jesse Bardyn, as partner and baker.
Seizer, who hails from the New York City area, will lend his classic European culinary background to Royale. Seizer got his start in 2004 at the legendary River Café, before years under Danny Meyer’s tutelage. Seizer joined Meyer’s team as Sous Chef at Union Square Café, was on the opening team of Maialino in 2009; in 2010 he was promoted to Chef de Cuisine of Meyer’s boutique Gramercy Park Hotel. After serving as Executive Chef of Langham Place on New York’s Fifth Avenue, Seizer spent two years as Executive Chef of Salumeria Biellese and Biricchino where he oversaw this artisan meat wholesale institution which opened in 1925, and their restaurant.
Bardyn, an accomplished artisan baker and member of the Bread Bakers Guild of America, served as Head Baker of Asheville’s beloved City Bakery for seven years. There, he managed retail and wholesale operations for three locations at this family-owned bakery praised for its European breads and pastries.
This is also the team behind the new Café Lucarne, located just one block from Royale, at 309 Blake Street. Café Lucarne, a casual counter-service restaurant serving an elevated breakfast and lunch menu and more on weekend evenings, opened in July 2016. Last month, Eater highlighted Café Lucarne as one of the “13 Hottest Restaurants in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.”
Stay tuned as Royale opens its doors this Fall on this historic corner in the center of downtown Raleigh with a menu featuring new and old bistro classics – from oysters on the half shell and Bouillabaisse to Steak Frites and Duck a l’Orange.
Follow Royale on Facebook at Royale Raleigh, Instagram @RoyaleRaleigh, and Twitter @Royale_Raleigh; visit their current project, Café Lucarne, at www.cafelucarne.com; @CafeLucarne on Instagram and Facebook.