Franky & Johnny's used to be a great neighborhood seafood restaurant nestled in an Uptown neighborhood in New Orleans. Over the years, its upkeep went by the wayside, and it got to the point where they had to shut down operations for a while. Some money and some more heart were sunk into rebuilding the place, and it appears to be back in running order.
At the end of November 2013, Franky & Johnny's reopened, making Black Friday special for their own reasons. Patrons can now see some new things at the seafood restaurant, and some old favorites are still around, too.
On the new side, restaurant-goers will notice an oyster bar, outdoor boiling area, a game room section for kids and an outdoor porch where you can eat when the weather is cooperating. The food menu remains mostly the same: you can still get fried seafood, po-boys and general comfort food. Some newbies are the salads, which can come with great toppers like tuna and shrimp. Drinks-wise, there are 15 brews on tap, with many local selections available. The wine list has seen a drastic upheaval, with good depth available to pair with food. This neighborhood seafood joint is excited to be firing up the boiler again — Photo courtesy of Frankie & Johnny's
For nostalgia's sake, the renovations involved keeping the black and white checkered floors that made the place so recognizable from the inside. Owners plan to offer a revolving selection of live music, which will complement the comfortable atmosphere that's enhanced by the friendly staff. By the time January rolls around, the management should have the boiler area up and running, churning out shrimp and crawdads by the barrel.
When you plan to make your grand revisiting to the new edition of Franky & Johnny's, consider this: from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, the joint has a happy hour. Enjoy 25% off most liquors and oysters. This could be a great opportunity to grab a spritzer and a dozen and enjoy the new front porch.
New Orleans is a city filled with seafood restaurants. Some of those are chains, many are downtown and some are hidden in close-knit neighborhoods. Those of the last variety tend to be the most special kind, the kind where people come back multiple times per week, get to know the staff and can recite the menu from memory.
Franky & Johnny's used to be that kind of place. They are hoping that after this grand renovation, they can recapture some of their former magic and become the go-to neighborhood eating spot. Here's to hoping for the best.