Located on the corner of Dauphine Street and Franklin Avenue, The Franklin reopens under the culinary leadership of Executive Chef Dane Harris. Housed in a former corner grocery store, the historic space embraces the eclectic personality of the Marigny neighborhood with an elevated, yet casual, culinary and bar program, a thoughtful art collection, and a spirited staff. In addition to the large 14-seat bar, The Franklin’s interiors showcase a variety of seating vignettes (including an extensive lounge and large high-top tables), a mix of art and textures, and a dark, stylish ambiance.
Contemporary art is at the forefront (curated by local art collector Michael Wilkinson) and rotates often with figurative and abstract pieces from American artists. A portrait by artist Enrique Rottenberg hangs as a focal point in the dining room, housed in a custom lightbox.
Executive Chef Dane Harris taps into a seasonally-inspired gastrobar menu highlighting ingredients from the surrounding region. Expect nightly specials along with staples such as Beef Tartare with Pho Garnishes andmoked Egg Yolk; Duck Liver Mousse with Mostarda; Crispy Whole Fish; Pork Schnitzel with Creole Mustard; Four-Veg Monte, & signature Franklin Burger.
The cocktail program features the Martini and its variants (Vesper, Martinez, El Presidente, Rosita) and is complemented by a secondary focus on inventive riffs (Frank Collins, 3 Little Birds). A robust wine list and diverse beer selection are also available. Happy Hour specials include the House Martini, Old Fashioned, Tommy’s Margarita, and Lemon Drop.