Here's a look at The Franklin in its current state, a few weeks out from opening. Jason Baas tells Eater to expect an official opening shortly after Jazz Fest. The restaurant will actually hinge more on the lounge side of operations, kind of like Bouligny Tavern. In fact, the same design team that did Bouligny Bockman + Forbes Design are to credit for taking The Franklin from vacant building to its current 70-seat chic, masculine digs over the course of the last two years. They are also the design team behind the multi-million dollar revamp of Broussard's, Little Gem Salloon, Kingfish, and more.
The Franklin will be open seven days a week from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. (serving food the entire time). Chef Jim Bremer's menu will be seasonal, sourced locally from several garden including his own, and will also feature raw bar offerings like crudo and raw/grilled oysters. Franklin Buist's cocktail list is pretty straightforward and on-trend (variations of the French 75, The Hemingway Daiq, etc.), and expect an impeccable wine list and craft beers too. Service will no doubt be impeccable as Baas helped run Lilette for many years, and even helped open Bouligny Tavern.
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