2/20/2013 01:46:00 PM

The Royce Becoming The Royce | Wood-Fired Steakhouse Next Month


The news that The Royce would be closing hit last month, and it is definitely done. We ran into the handsome chef David Feau the other night who said he's been gone for a couple of weeks. Today we learn more about the restaurant that will open in its place, The Royce | Wood-Fired Steakhouse (can't be too clever for Pasadena), helmed by chef Anthony Zappola who was most recently chef de cuisine at Tom Colicchio's Craft in Century City.

The goal is to make the place feel more casual and every day although that all-white decor, which is only a couple years old itself, will not change. What will: the menu, of course. Look for a selection of aged American prime beef, Australian Wagyu and Japanese Kobe cuts. There will still be a focus on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients, which both Feau and his predecessors (Michael Voltaggio and Craig Strong) upheld. If Zappola, who workedthe Colicchio group for more than eight years, can get the menu anywhere near what Craft offers, it will certainly be welcome in Pasadena. There are several chain steakhouses around town, and the Smith Brothers' Arroyo Chop House, but nothing new and fresh. Could work. The new Royce reopens on March 15 (1401 S. Oak Knoll Ave.; 626-585-6410).

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