The original Frankie’s Sports Bar & Grill in Uptown Dallas has closed. The announcement came Friday on the bar’s Facebook page: “We’re heartbroken to leave our original Uptown location, but hope to be back in Dallas in 2014. In the mean time, stop by and see us in Fort Worth and Lewisville!”
Bill Katz, who co-owns Frankie’s with his wife, Johnnie, said they had reached the end of their lease and opted not to renew. “It was time for a change in Uptown,” he said Tuesday.
The Uptown Frankie’s opened in 2000 at the corner of McKinney and Hall; Bill and Johnnie Katz bought it from the original owners in 2003.
Acknowledging the Frankie’s fans who will miss their Dallas haunt, Katz said: “We’re going to be back in Dallas here soon. We haven’t picked a location yet, but it will change the face of Frankie’s a little bit, but it’s gonna change for the better. We’ve got some ideas, a new direction we want to take the business in, and we’re really excited about it.”
Predictably, no hints from Katz on the new direction.
As frequenters of the Fort Worth Frankie’s – which opened in March 2011 – we’ve noticed a bit of a crowd decline this year, and though Katz says the remaining locations are still doing a good business, he acknowledged there was an issue in Cowtown.
“The problem that we’re experiencing in Fort Worth is that there’s all that construction going on in the middle of the square,” he said. “And we’re partnered pretty tightly with Sundance Square itself. And we’re just waiting for that construction to be done, and once it’s done it’s going to be katie-bar the door. This place is just going to blow up.”
So when to look for a new Frankie’s in Dallas? Though the Frankie’s website aims at sometime in 2014, Katz says there’s no “drop-dead” date, and that he’s looking for the right opportunity. “It could be three months, but I’m not gonna take something just to take something,” he said. “It would have to be the perfect fit; it would have to meet all my criteria.”
We’ll keep you posted.