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Former Frank’s Steakhouse torn down for new development

  // Saturday, 16 August 2014 22:20 //

Frank’s Steakhouse — a landmark Uptown restaurant that reigned over Freret Street for decades — was unceremoniously knocked to the ground this past week in a dramatic illustration of the changing times in New Orleans.

The Frank’s complex in the 4500 block was the last major undeveloped property on the Freret business corridor since a wave of new business openings began about five years ago.

On July 2, Arnold Kirschman finalized his purchase of the buildings from the Barreca family, who had owned them for the better part of a century, as part of a plan to demolish the steakhouse in the center of the block to rebuild a stretch of buildings matching the old cleaners on the corner of Cadiz Street.

Kirschman said Thursday he still is meeting with architects, contractors, real-estate agents and city officials to hammer out a final timeline for construction of the new buildings, which will be three stories tall with apartments on the upper two floors.

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