Friday, August 18, 2017

Frankly on Cherokee Prepares to Bring Gourmet Sausages to South City

Posted By on Fri, Aug 18, 2017 at 8:09 AM


If you love the food truck Frankly Sausages, get ready for Frankly on Cherokee (2744 Cherokee Street).

Husband-and-wife team Bill and Jamie Cawthon, who co-own the food truck Frankly Sausages, say they'll open their brick-and-mortar location in October, providing a permanent home for the gourmet sausages that St. Louisans have come to know and love in their year and a half of operation.

The spot, located in the heart of Cherokee Street near the California intersection, was previously home to Calypso Cafe.

Frankly on Cherokee will be an expansion of the Frankly Sausages concept. Diners can anticipate a menu of locally sourced sausages, shareable plates and desserts. Frankly on Cherokee will also have a monthly farmers sausage, featuring the meat and produce of a local farm.

Jamie Cawthon tells the RFT that while the couple is opening a brick-and-mortar, they still wanted to retain the food truck feel. The space is long and narrow, measuring on the smaller side at 1,200 square feet. The restaurant will have counter service along with 38 seats, 18 of which will be at a long, community-style table for those who want to dine in. However, Cawthon says the food will still be made in such a way that you could take it with you and eat while walking along Cherokee.

Frankly Sausages first hit the streets in December 2015. While the pair has always considered opening a brick and mortar, Cawthon says the food truck has been a great way to get to know their audience and learn where their customers hang out. That knowledge led the couple to Cherokee Street when they realized they were ready for a full kitchen.

"Our food truck has been really busy since we opened, and we really needed more kitchen space," Jamie Cawthon explains. "And we're really committed to sourcing locally, and that's a lot easier if you have space to store whole hogs and do a little more of what we wanted to do with the food and expand the menu, and we needed a bigger commissary to do that. So this sort of met those needs of one, being able to do something a little bigger, and two, being able to serve as a commissary for the food truck."

You can get your first taste of the menu this Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Cherokee Beach (2622 Cherokee Street), the temporary beach-themed bar set up in a sandy lot along Cherokee Street. Frankly on Cherokee will be featuring a Grand Army Farm duck sausage this weekend.

Your next chance will be on August 26, when Bill Cawthon will be participating in the Boylard's Burger Battle, serving a burger that may end up on the Frankly on Cherokee menu. The opportunities will continue into next month on the Frankly Sausages food truck, which will be serving possible menu items at Washington University Medical (at the intersection of Scott and Taylor Avenues) on September 5, Citygarden on September 6, Wells Fargo on September 7, and City Hall on September 8.

Check out some of the Frankly Sausages items that will be served at Frankly on Cherokee below. For more information about Frankly Sausages, visit franklysausages.com.

Editor's note: This post was updated after its original publication to include additional photos from Frankly Sausages (below).

click to enlarge Frankly on Cherokee will serve many of the familiar dishes customers have come to love through the Frankly Sausages food truck, including handmade brats. Pictured are the lamb sausage brat (front), chile verde brat (middle) and classic beer brat (top). - PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMIE CAWTHON.
  • Photo courtesy of Jamie Cawthon.
  • Frankly on Cherokee will serve many of the familiar dishes customers have come to love through the Frankly Sausages food truck, including handmade brats. Pictured are the lamb sausage brat (front), chile verde brat (middle) and classic beer brat (top).
click to enlarge Frankly Sausages' popular handmade fries will also be served at Frankly on Cherokee. - PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMIE CAWTHON.
  • Photo courtesy of Jamie Cawthon.
  • Frankly Sausages' popular handmade fries will also be served at Frankly on Cherokee.



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