Frankie & Johnny's, the uptown Crawfish turned Rats the Size of Beer Cans favorite which shuttered last week, is most likely going to be renovated and reopend with new operators, reports Susan Langenhennig. The restaurant, which was opened in 1942 by John S. Morreale, and is still owned by the family, John Morreale Jr. and his wife, Ann, has been leased/operated by George Cortello and his family since the 1980's. Well, not anymore.
The Morreales are totally saying rats off to ya, filing an eviction petition against Cortello, who they say failed "to make needed repairs or renovations to the property, as required under their lease." Apparently the Cortellos are the ones who left the message about a new location on the Franky and Johnny's website, which isn't true. The Morreale's attorney Justin B. Schmidt tells Susan Langenhennig their goal is to find a new restaurateur who will make renovate the Arabella building and reopen it, because they want to see it "return to a neighborhood restaurant they would be proud of."