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The Royal Pig Pub & Kitchen: A Sneak Peek (Photos)

In just a few days all eyes will be watching as hundreds of Americans compete... to find parking spot on Las Olas. It's hard to deny that over the past few months, there has a considerable amount of intrigue and buzz surrounding the

opening of The Royal Pig Pub & Kitchen.

If everything goes according to plan, the restaurant will open its doors to the public next Tuesday, July 31. This week, during its

mock opening, we were able to check out restaurant's digs, try the food, and

get a little face time with the restaurant's executive chef, Stanton Bundy.

Despite its prime location on Fort Lauderdale's posh main strip, The Royal Pig feels inclusive, unlike some of its neighbors whose reputations rely on their unspoken exclusivity. No matter whether you are wearing jeans and a t-shirt or a tailored suit with Prada wingtips, it seems all are welcome to play in this new sandbox -- at least for now.

The restaurant's dark interior with its heavy, espresso-colored tables and dim lighting is reminiscent of a dark tavern or pub that you would expect to find in Chicago or Boston. The restaurant has a variety of different levels which creates numerous, intimate alcoves despite being an open space. The left side of the restaurant is flanked with a series of small, raised booths that are designed for tables of two.

Lighting is provided by small lamps, which are a modern take on old oil lanterns. Wrought iron coat racks, brass foot rails in the booths, and leather chairs with brass tacks lend a 1930s air to the space. Americana in the form of sepia tone and black & white photographs, some of which are actual personal photos of the one of the pub's owners and general manager, Joe Upchurch, deck the caramel-colored walls.

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Misha Grosvenor

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