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Chef John des Rosiers (Inovasi) opened this restaurant on the site where he ran the well-regarded, less-well-patronized Italian restaurant Moderno, which closed December 22. Royce's menu skews more casual than Moderno's did, with roast chicken, skirt steak, Caesar salad, and a page devoted to specialty burgers such as the Godfather (mozzarella, pancetta, giardiniera, Parmesan mayonnaise) and the Austin (barbecue sauce, fried onions, coleslaw, cheddar). "Even if it's really casual, the basic philosophy is never going to change, no matter what we do," des Rosiers says. "Everything is from small farms and sustainable. We're still making everything by hand, from scratch at the restaurant."