The crowds that normally pack Frankie & Johnny’s Restaurant for po-boys and beer between parades were missing this Carnival season. The winter holidays, usually a busy time for low-key gatherings at this vintage Uptown joint, were subdued too.
But there’s still crawfish season, and that means Frankie & Johnny’s proprietor David McCelvey has hope.
“We can’t do normal business but we can still do this,” McCelvey said from the boil room one cold day last week, with steam gushing through the screened windows. “New Orleans people are going to be getting their crawfish, somehow, some way.”
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