One of the first announced tenants of the new development replacing the former Frank’s Steakhouse on Freret Street will be Bar Frances, a wine bar planned by the owner of classic French Quarter restaurant Tujague’s and more recently the Garden District wine shop Bin 428.
P.J. Rosenberg, a veteran of Martin Wine Cellar and the Uncorked local wine distributor, and Mark Latter of Tujague’s and Bin 428 plan to open Bar Frances in April inside Arnold Kirchsman’s new development at the corner of Cadiz Street, which is now under construction. Bar Frances will offer 15 to 20 wines by the glass, with a focus on France, other European countries, and the United States, Rosenberg said.
The wine bar will also have a full kitchen serving lunch and dinner, Rosenberg said. They have not yet selected a chef, but envision a menu that complements the wine’s continental focus, with the addition of raw oysters, vegetable preparations, cheese and charcuterie.
“I think it’s going to be French-influenced, but we’re not going to be held back by that,” Rosenberg said.
Rosenberg said the bar is named after his grandmother, and is also an homage to his mother, who taught him the skills he needed to work in the hospitality industry.
Kirschman’s redevelopment retains the old laundry at the corner of Cadiz Street, but will feature a new three-story building with ground-floor retail and upper-floor apartments in place of the former Frank’s Steakhouse next to it. Among the other commercial tenants described by Kirschman this spring are a yogurt shop, juice bar and professional offices, but he has not specified their names.