By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Celebrity chef Nick Elmi reflects on his life as a chef as he announces some improvements to his third restaurant.

Royal Boucherie is now two months old. Chef owner Nick Elmi, also a former Top Chef winner, says that’s the point when a restaurant typically hits its stride.

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“That’s when you find out who you are and what you’re doing and whether or not your menu works.”

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He held an “official” neighborhood grand opening event this week.

“We’re also starting our late night menu.”

And he says he’s learned a lot with this opening.

“I think my work life balance is getting better.”

Kuznits: “Do you have enough time to juggle three restaurants?”

“And two kids and a wife? No, but I’ll sleep when I’m dead.”

Sleep aside, Chef Elmi says he’s working on his health.

“I stopped drinking and that has given me a tremendous amount of patience.”

He says he likes working in Old City.

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“A lot of what people would think of the old-fashioned kind of ‘bro bars’ are kind of fading away, being replaced by nice restaurants — grown-up bars!”

As for their menu…

“A lot of charcuterie, a large raw bar program.”

And he says this third opening has prompted him to slow down a bit.

“As I’m getting older, I understand that it’s healthy for me to spend time with my family and spend time on my health and not just run myself in the ground and work 16 hours a day.”

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