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After a False Start and a Revamp, Marigny Gastropub the Franklin Reopens

Expected reopening was delayed after chef plans changed

Duck liver mousse at The Franklin
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Marigny’s chic corner bistro The Franklin has finally reopened its doors after shutting down last summer to prepare for new leadership in the kitchen.

As Eater reported last month, after last summer’s false start with chef Alex Harrell, owners Michael Wilkinson and Patrick Finney were looking towards a late March opening after adding partner, Ken Jackson, who opened Herbsaint with Donald Link, and general manager Will Davis, formerly of Cochon. The Franklin’s new chef is Dane Harris, who moved back to New Orleans from Chicago to help reopen the restaurant, with the bar program lead by Evan Wolf from The Company Burger, Matt LoFink from Cure, and Jason Sorbet of Barrel Proof.

The Franklin became a neighborhood favorite in its four years open on the corner of Franklin Avenue and Dauphine Street, known for its elegant and intimate atmosphere, a reliable bar program and interesting wine list, a solid selection of raw bar items, and French-inspired small plates, and a sampling of menu items appears to continue in that style, with a martini-focused cocktail list that emphasizes the use of ever-trendy aperitifs.

Opening hours are Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m. and until 11 p.m. on Saturday, with plans to add Sunday evening hours at the end of April.

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