Chef Front of house guy Jason Baas, a Lilette, Cafe Atchafalaya and Bacchanal alum, is opening The Franklin this Spring at Dauphine and Franklin (caddy corner to Lost Love Lounge, y'all). The building, owned by Patrick Finney and Michael Wilkinson (you may recall they also own former Bridge Lounge/upcoming Barrel Proof), has actually been fixed up for a few months, as Curbed NOLA first reported back in January, with construction mainly happening on the space during 2013 from Bockman + Forbes Design, who also did ritzy renovations at Broussard's Restaurant, Little Gem Saloon and Bouligny Tavern. Finney tells Eater that the space has a sort of chic 1930's vibe (do stay tuned for juicy photo coverage).
But don't expect it to be all snooty butt up in there, because Baas tells Todd A. Price that "when you see the place, it looks like New York. But it's not. We're opening a New Orleans restaurant."
Menu-wise, the restaurant will take a farm-to-table approach to what sounds like best-of bistro and Louisiana fare ie Steak bernaise, crawfish bisque, Gulf fish courtbouillon. Joining Baas in the kitchen is chef Jim Bremer, who helped open Hollygrove. Also on board is Loa bartender/somm Franklin Buist, who will do a "low-key" cocktail program. Expect a May opening.