The original Northbridge outpost of the Royal’s burger and fried chicken dynasty was a tiny alfresco eatery behind Whisk Creamery. Later this month, Royal’s and its customers will have a new space to call home when the eatery relocates to the former home of The Hummus Club, which has been empty since July.

In addition to more floor space – compared to a 14-seat venue, the new operation will be a 100-person restaurant – Royal’s Northbridge 2.0 will also see an expanded bar offering and menu, including new dishes from chefs Hoa Nguyen and Claire Lague.

Jaughn Wilkie, who established Royal’s bar in East Vic Park, will be the venues general manager, while former Northbridge store manager Christine Marco will look after front of house. Bar manager Duncan Craigie will oversee the craft-beer-centric bar menu.

The move to bigger premises will allow founders Ken and Al Craigie, along with long-time lieutenant Adam Crook, to focus on their next venture, Homeslice Pizzeria at the former Northbridge site, which is expected to open later this year.

The move into pizza marks a new chapter for the group that also runs two other Royal’s sites (Wembley and Victoria Park), spin-off Baby Roy’s, Al Pastor and Lola’s Filipino Diner. The group is also a part-owner of Drasko’s Hot Chicken.

Royal’s Northbridge (258 William Street, Northbridge) opens on Friday October 22.

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