Amanda Frank owns 16 motorcycles. Her first one, the 1973 Honda CB750 she bought 24 years ago, became the namesake for the cafe she has planned for Tchoupitoulas. The stars she hand-painted on it led her to refer to it as her “starbike.” A mural of it adorns an exterior wall of the building.
Her new cafe, housed in the corner building that once was McKeown’s Books and Difficult Music, will feature a corner restaurant space with outdoor seating in the back. There are four apartments to rent, so bikers can have a place to stay when they ride through town.
“When I ride with friends, we have a hard time finding a place to meet up in the morning for coffee or at the end of the day.”
She plans on serving canned local beer (no bottles because she can’t recycle them) and basic, high-end cocktails (though none of that “silly frou-frou stuff that has gotten so popular.”
The menu will likely consist of salads and sandwiches. She plans to stay away from fried food.
The cafe will be open daily for breakfast and lunch, from 7 am to 5 pm (7 pm on the weekends), beginning in late spring.