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 local wine distributor Uncorked, and Mark Latter of Tujague's and Bin 428 say they will open Bar Frances in April inside Arnold Kirchsman's new development, which is under construction at the corner of Cadiz Street. Bar Frances will offer 15 to 20 wines by the glass, with a focus on vintages from France, other European countries and the United States, Rosenberg says.
The wine bar will have a full kitchen serving lunch and dinner, Rosenberg says. The partners haven't selected a chef, but envision a menu designed to complement the continental focus of the wines including 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 says.
The bar is named after Rosenberg's grandmother, and also pays homage to his mother, who taught him the skills he needed to work in the hospitality industry, Rosenberg says.
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. He says commercial tenants so far include a yogurt shop, juice bar and professional offices.