New LGBT destination to open in Jersey City

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The front facade in February 2018 before the grand opening of The Royal in Jersey City
The front facade in February 2018 before the grand opening of The Royal in Jersey City

There is very little that gets us more excited than hearing about a new LGBT place having a grand opening in New Jersey. And in Jersey City it just keeps getting better, and better, for the LGBT community — with the addition of The Royal.

The Royal will be opening next month at 100 York Street, in the former space of the Lisbon Restaurant, a Portuguese restaurant that has closed. The Royal is owned and operated by Paul Cate & George Makrogiannis, the same ownership team of next door neighbor Buddy Who’s. The tentative grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony is tentatively set for February 3, 2018.

Cate and Makrogiannis met at Liberty Prime Steakhouse many years ago and have always spoke about running another place together. The duo has been influential throughout Jersey City for some time with Makrogiannis owning Liberty Prime Steakhouse since 2013. Meanwhile, Cate has been a resident for nine years and a committee member in Jersey City’s Ward E, District 3, since last year.

The Royal will be Jersey City’s second gay bar. The business name comes from Cate’s father’s and grandfather’s home oil distribution company, The Royal Oil. The original sign of The Royal Oil company will be used for the façade, while old black and white photos of the business will be on the walls inside the bar.

Patrons will be able to enjoy small plates and happy hour specials and food and drinks from 3-7pm. The owners will have events planned throughout the week. They plan on including a drag bingo brunch on Sundays and drag nights on Tuesdays  for starters.

The Royal will bring in live DJs, have a full dance floor, and a small stage. Hours will be 3pm-3am on Fridays and Saturdays and 3pm-2am Sunday through Thursday.

There is no website or Facebook page… yet.