By Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host Published Nov 24, 2021 at 11:02 AM

A new shop featuring desserts, smoothies, boba tea and more is slated to open in the coming weeks in a retail plaza just off of Layton Avenue. 

Royal’s Smoothies & Pastries is the name of the business, which is owned and operated by Hala Elmughrabi and her sister-in-law Malaak Dahche with support from Elmughrabi’s husband Murad Dahche, a local entrepreneur who operates two local vape shops.

The business, which is slated to open in December or early January, will be located at 812 W. Layton Ave. in a retail space next door to Paradise Roastery, a local shop specializing in Arabic-style coffee, spices and sweets.

Retail plaza
Royal's will be in the second space from the left

The 2,000 square foot storefront is currently being built out to accommodate both a kitchen and retail space, which will feature an interior decorated in black, white and gold with pops of royal purple. A white feather wall will provide a canvas for any number of Instagrammable moments.

Elmughrabi is a graduate of Greendale High School who completed the ProStart Program during her junior and senior years. As head of the pastry and baking team, she won the Wisconsin State competition for two years running and competed on behalf of Greendale High School in Washington D.C. 

After graduation, she took the skills that she honed and launched a home-based cake business during the pandemic, creating cupcakes, sweet treats and custom cakes for a growing list of customers.

To launch the shop, Emulghrabi partnered with her sister in law,, an accounting and finance graduate of UW Milwaukee’s School of Business, who recently left the corporate world behind to assist in making Royal’s Smoothies and Pastries a reality.

The menu at Royal’s will include cakes, cupcakes, cake pops, cookies and brownies, plus lotus cups and other desserts created by Elmughrabi. 

The shop will also sell a variety of smoothies (including tropical options like pina colada and mango) along with milk teas (including boba) and “cocktails,” specialty drinks popular in Lebanon which feature a smoothie base topped with a cream-based honey-scented custard and topped with fruit. Sweetened fruit salads, coffee drinks and other beverages will also be available.

You can follow the forthcoming business on Instagram at @Royals_MKE.

Lori Fredrich Senior Food Writer, Dining Editor, Podcast Host

Lori is an avid cook whose accrual of condiments and spices is rivaled only by her cookbook collection. Her passion for the culinary industry was birthed while balancing A&W root beer mugs as a teenage carhop, fed by insatiable curiosity and fueled by the people whose stories entwine with each and every dish. She’s had the privilege of chronicling these tales via numerous media, including OnMilwaukee and in her book “Milwaukee Food.” Her work has garnered journalism awards from entities including the Milwaukee Press Club. 

When she’s not eating, photographing food, writing or recording the FoodCrush podcast, you’ll find Lori seeking out adventures with her husband Paul, traveling, cooking, reading, learning, snuggling with her cats and looking for ways to make a difference.