Moody, atmospheric, and possessed of a decent daily happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., The Franklin (2600 Dauphine Street) reopened in March after shuttering for nine months.
In addition to a new culinary team, the chic gastropub boasts a new, rotating collection of art curated by Michael Wilkinson. Works by fabric-appliqué artist Chris Roberts-Antieau, activist Dan Tague, German-born photographer Michael Wolf, and Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky are on display.
A self-portrait by Cuban artist Enrique Rottenberg (below) is restaurant’s the focal piece and served as inspiration for the its logo and branding.
Wilkinson and partner Patrick Finney acquired the property for $280,000 in 2012, according to records from the Orleans Parish assessor’s office. The duo tapped Bockman + Forbes Design to give the former corner store a stylish update. Hand-cerused wood walls and raw steel provide a textural counterpoint to the bar’s backlit alligator glass and perforated wooden screens.
The Franklin is open 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.