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Frankie & Johnny's Gets a Revamp And New Owner

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Todd A. Price reports that the shuttered Uptown family-haunt Frankie & Jonny's is reopening on Friday, November 29, under new ownership. The building itself is still owned by The Morreale family who opened the original Frankie & Johnny's (aka Franky & Johnny's) in 1942, and who evicted the latest restaurant operators, The Cortello family, back in early February 2013 after the restaurant was rumored to have rats the size of beer cans falling from the ceiling and was in dire need of renovations. The Cortellos had operated the restaurant since the 1980s.

Now a new owner/operator Anthony Macaluso has come on board to resurrect the once-happening crawfish destination, reopening next week. The building has been renovated too, with a new kitchen, electrical system, floors and ceilings (rat super-highway no more). Price reports that restaurant "sparkles," and new additions to the space include "a front patio, an outdoor boiling room and even a room full of toys to occupy younger diners."

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Frankie & Johnny's

321 Arabella St, New Orleans, LA 70115