Pierogi from Royal Cracovia | Photo by Neal Santos
Italian, British, French? Cinch. Even Dutch, Spanish and Belgian food is pretty easy to find close to the heart of Philly’s most tony neighborhoods. But for a long time, this city has also been home to a thriving community that brought all its borscht and sausages along from the Old Countries. So if you’re looking for a hit of post-Glasnost melting-pot Euro cuisine ignored by the likes of Vetri, Garces and Starr, here are some good places to start.
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Kielbasa hanging in the Royal Cracovia smoker.
They’re calling it a soft opening. Though I’m not sure how softly a $3.5 million, 16,000 square foot, 250-seat Eastern European restaurant can open, even if it is in Magnolia, New Jersey. But Stanislaw “Stosh” Stachowski’s mega-restaurant will finally open tomorrow, October 16th at 6 pm.
The menu ranges from everything from Polish pierogies to meats from a wood burning grill. There are also some pizzas thrown in for good measure. Lunch debuts on Friday, October 25th.
Check out the rather extensive menu.
Royal Cracovia Dinner Menu (PDF)
Royal Cracovia [Foobooz]
We’ve talked about this place a few times before, but if the name doesn’t ring a bell, here’s a couple things that might remind you:
It’s the 250-seat, $3.5 million European bistro opening in Magnolia, New Jersey, complete with its own underground pierogi laboratory.
Oh, yeah… Now you remember it, right?
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Developer Stanislaw “Stosh” Stachowski is aiming to open Royal Cracovia in Magnolia, New Jersey in late July. The 16,000 square foot, 250-seat bistro with four private dining rooms will serve up Polish standards.
The price tag and costs bring back thoughts of the magical early 2000s. The $3.5 million European bistro includes a $1 million kitchen and bakery, a wood-fired oven, rotisserie plus an underground pierogie and pasta “laboratory.” The building contains $200,000 in lighting fixtures, $40,000 of American Red Oak, 30,000 pounds of stone, marble and granite.
Stachowski is a classicly trained opera singer who was born in Poland and raised in the suburbs of Krakow. In 1997 Stachowski returned to New Jersey and began buying, fixing and flipping houses at the Jersey shore as well as in and around Philadelphia.
Stachowski hopes the massive restaurant appeals to nearby communities and will “appreciate the foods that we serve – dishes their parents and grandparents cooked with great pride for generations.”
Royal Cracovia will announce their executive chef within a few weeks.
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