Ian McNulty reports that the new spot—named in honor of Rosenberg's grandmother— features a shaded patio out front, a great selection of natural and organic wines as well as affordable on-tap options, and a menu of French-inspired American cuisine from recent New Haven transplant/chef Brendan Cahill, who also honed his chops "at a small bistro in Paris."
Bar Frances also serves late on the weekends, and is great for vegetarians:
Roughly half of the dishes are meatless. There's... tartare of beets with aioli, gnocchi with charred eggplant and baguette toasts topped with a mix of grilled and pickled mushrooms.
Hours: Mon-Thurs, 5 to 10 p.m. Fri-Sat, 5 p.m. to midnight. Sun, 5 to 9 p.m. Lunch and brunch to come. (504) 371-5043. Official website here.