The men behind the Franks Speakeasy brand are anything but novices when it comes to the restaurant industry. With their names behind top eateries like Marcopaulo (in Mount Edgecombe) and Ray’s Kitchen (in Salt Rock), these guys know what they’re doing when it comes to making sure diners enjoy a top-class meal in a comfortable environment.
After their ten-year lease at Marcopaulo and Franks Speakeasy (dubbed the ‘ultimate man cave’) was up, Paul Sheppard and his business partners Ray Friedman, Brenton Franks and Mike Harris considered their options.
“We found out that a call centre was moving into our building and we decided our customers deserved a more suitable setting to enjoy our food and hospitality. The guys from Flanders Mall made every effort to accommodate us, and we are very happy in our new home, serving the people that have become family over the years,” says Paul.
The team decided only to reopen a new and improved Franks and the location allowed them to be lot more open and inclusive than their previous premises. The new Franks allows you to choose from a casual, alfresco dining experience on their balcony or a more sophisticated afternoon or evening out inside. You can also relax with a glass of wine or craft beer at the bar while indulging in some interesting pub snacks.
“We’ve taken what’s worked for us at both Marcopaulo and Ray’s Kitchen and reworked it into a fun and sophisticated new space. Franks has always felt like the neighbourhood local, but due to our nature, was historically a masculine environment, so we’ve taken many of our café favourites from Ray’s Kitchen, which is a much softer setting, and worked them into the new Franks.”
Their aim was to design and create an environment where people felt familiar in the space, but allowing it to also work it as a day venue to accommodate a lunch trade.
From hand-made pasta to tuna lollipops, fresh fish and the signature ‘Deboned Peri-Peri Chicken’, the Franks menu offers a twist on what you’d expect to see on a typical bar menu, but all done to perfection. Locals will be thrilled to know that the very popular Frank’s burger still features on the menu (home-made aged, organic, free-range beef, topped with mature cheddar and served with the most delicious onion rings)!
Paul’s personal favourites on the menu are their Braised Brisket Bitterballen (a supped-up version of the old Dutch favourite) and the Rare Roast Beef Sarmie with mustard and soft sweet onions, perfectly topped off with their homemade, wood-fired over bread.
For those who enjoy a good craft beer, Franks have a number of options on tap, which change all the, and they also stock products from SAB and Namibian breweries. Their top selling beer is the ‘Bazooka’, which comes highly recommended by general manager Timmy.
“I want franks to be versatile. Your first choice for a casual drink, a celebration with friends and family or a delicious meal for two. If we can be a food destination as well as fun drop-in spot, we will be happy!”
Details: Shop B9 Flanders Mall, 073 025 3714
Text: Monique De Villiers-Delport | Photographs: Lili Photography and Design