I've been going to Frankie & Johnny's since I was a kid and have many fond memories. Over the years, the place was more and more rundown and the food became inedible.
I don't live in town so I was very excited to see an article in Gambit that talked about the new owners and the renovations done to reopen the Uptown classic.
A friend and I went mid-December to check it out. We were very warmly greeted by the owner at the host station and seated in the back room. What an improvement to the place visually. They have kept a lot of the same atmosphere of the old owners but have given it a much needed face lift. There is even a room with video games to keep kids occupied.
The owner challenged us to have the raw oysters. He said if they weren't the best we've had then he would give them to us on the house. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. At the beginning of the meal she brought us water in little plastic cups which we were going to comment on. Without us even noticing she replaced them with glasses of water and apologized saying that all of the glassware was dirty but that she didn't want to keep us waiting.
I had a pasta dish. For some reason I cannot remember exactly what I had but I think it was chicken parm. I cannot remember exactly what my friend ordered but he liked his food.
The food isn't amazing but it is pretty good and a definitely improvement over what we ended up with before the last owners closed the doors.
It is good to see this place back up and running with new owners who obviously care for the place. I think they might a few months to find their groove and establish themselves with some unique dishes other than just typical fired seafood and New Orleans "Italian" but if they do then this classic should remain an Uptown staple for another generation.