Frankie Marcello’s closing, will reopen as Lasseigne’s American Grill this fall

Frankie Marcello’s, a three-year-old restaurant specializing in Italian, Creole and seafood dishes, will close next week and reopen later this year as Lasseigne’s American Grill, which will serve Louisiana-style dishes prepared with fresh, local ingredients.

The restaurant, which is located in the space at 7520 Perkins Road that was formerly home to a short-lived Mexican restaurant—and before that housed a Calendar’s restaurant for a number of years—has been under new ownership since last year, when Philip Lasseigne and Dave and Karen Hayden acquired it from a group of owners. Dave Hayden says the new ownership is now ready to make changes to both the building and the food.

“We are making some major changes,” says Hayden, a contractor. “We are totally redoing the interior. It was your typical Calendar’s, TGI Friday’s kind of place with the bar in the center. That worked well back in the 1980s, but we are giving it a completely new look.”

Hayden says he has less leeway over how to update the exterior of the restaurant, which occupies the corner suite in an early 1980s building with a dark-stained wood exterior.

“It is in dire need of renovations,” Hayden says. “What we are doing is cosmetic, changing some awnings, doing new lighting and getting rid of all that landscaping. We’ll make it more pleasing. There is not a whole lot we can do, but I’ve got some ideas.”

As for the restaurant’s offerings, Hayden says he and his partners are bringing in a young chef and that the menu will be “a cross between Sammy’s and Mike Anderson’s, with a healthier flair.”

“We’re going to offer healthier, wrap-type lunches,” he says. “Everything we have can be a wrap, and everything will be fresh as much as possible. We’re not going to do any Sysco ravioli.”

The restaurant’s last day as Frankie Marcello’s will be Sunday. Renovations begin Monday. Hayden hopes to reopen the restaurant by the end of October.

—Stephanie Riegel

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