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A look inside the Elephant as it prepares to open to the public

After several years of renovations, the Elephant is about to make its grand entrance.

The restaurant at 924 N. Charles St. is on track to open July 28* in the storied building that once housed the Brass Elephant and was most recently home to the Museum Restaurant & Lounge.

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Owners Steven Rivelis and Linda Brown Rivelis haven't announced a set opening date yet, but said it will be open before the end of the month. The restaurant is currently undergoing a soft opening with invite-only dinners.

The space has been updated to include modern color palettes, fixtures and furniture, but pays tribute to the architectural and artistic elements of the historic mansion. The first floor incorporates a main dining room, bar, "Atrium Room" and kitchen (diners can book up to six seats inside the kitchen), and the Marble Bar and two lounges are on the second floor.

The Elephant will open at 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with the last dinner seating at 10 p.m. and the last pour at midnight.

The menu, which will rotate constantly, offers globally inspired cuisine, with dishes such as crispy duck and watermelon salad, cedar plank salmon, summer lamb tangine and Singapore rice noodles.

Flip through the photo gallery for a glimpse inside.

*This story has been updated with an opening date for the restaurant.

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