Inspired by the iconic carousel bar in the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans that opened in 1949, Chicago is now home to its own gracefully rotating carousel bar. Designed by 555 International, François Frankie
can accommodate about 75 revelers reception-style or 39 seated, while the entire 6,500-square-foot space can seat 130 or hold 250 for receptions. The carousel is dressed up in mirrors, lights, and an illustration of the well-known François Frankie character holding a bottle of champagne. The main dining area is set to feel like a Parisian courtyard with hanging string lights, and it seats 68 or holds 100 people for receptions. The front lounge, dubbed the Queue, seats 14 or holds 25 for receptions. The French-inspired menu helmed by executive chef Mike Sheerin features pasta, seafood, as well as super prime meats. Highlights from the raw bar include the Big Frank Tower with a dozen oysters, alongside jumbo shrimp, king crab, and lobster. This is the third restaurant for Well Done Hospitality, joining the popular Cochon Volant Brasserie and Taureaux Tavern. It opened in July.