08 January 2009

Frankie and Johnnie's Gets a Reprieve


This is the week of reprieves.

First comes news that the UWS's Emerald Inn has gotten an extension on its lease. Now we hear that Frankie and Johnnie's Steakhouse WILL NOT die at the end of this month. Reports a reader: "the owner of Frankie & Johnny's tells us that they have renegotiated the lease on the 46th Street branch and will remain open for at least the next two years." Since the reader works for Zagat, I'd say this is a trustworthy source.

It seems this sour economy, that kills so many businesses, also saves some—the stalwarts that have been around a while and have always done solid trade. Landlords see that, in tough times, standbys are safer bets than whatever may be the Latest Thing Willing to Pay High Rent. If only the landlord of P&G Cafe had seen similar sense. (Maybe he still will!)

So, Hurrah for Frankie and Johnnie's! Hurrah for us! Hurrah for the great old Town!

10 comments:

EV Grieve said...

Hurrah, indeed. This has been a good week for some NYC classics. Hope some of this good fortune finds its way to the Holiday as well.

Brooks of Sheffield said...

Me too, EV.

Ken Mac said...

great news

Dan M said...

A victory! It's been too long since I saw some good news on this site.

julie wilson said...

YAY!!!!

Brooks of Sheffield said...

Hey, Dan, if I could, I'd print good news all the ding-dong day.

j-rod said...

This great news, but Frankie And Johnnie's is on 45th St not 46th St.

J-Rod

APOSEC72 said...

very good news!

for once.

Anonymous said...

Made reservations over the phone. When we arrived the place was closed and no one answered their phone.

NCSteve said...

Is it safe to say that Arthur Miller used "Frankie and Johnnie's" as the basis for "Frank's Chop House" in "Death of a Salesman"? We are studying the play in my English class. Did Arthur Miller frequent the restaurant? Any responses would be appreciated.