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First Look: Frankly on Cherokee

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

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Bill and Jamie Cawthon have put the finishing touches on the brick-and-mortar iteration of their popular food truck, Frankly Sausages. Frankly on Cherokee is set to open at 2744 Cherokee St., tomorrow, Nov. 17.

The husband-and-wife team launched the truck in December 2015, specializing in artisan sausages and fries. As The Scoop reported in July, they announced plans to open a restaurant and expand the concept.

The former home of Calypso Cafe has been transformed into a 38-seat counter-service eatery with an open kitchen. While they order, patrons can watch chef Bill Cawthon and his team break down whole animals from Grand Army Farms, Such & Such Farms and others for house-ground, handmade sausages.

Large menu boards are divided into classic sausages like German, Polish and beer bratwursts, and more nontraditional options like a Thanksgiving-inspired turkey and an alligator sausage. A board of rotating sharable plates feature salads and off-cuts dishes like chicken liver crostini. Frankly Sausages fries will also be available at the new space, and on Fridays and Saturdays, Cawthon will break out the raclette wheel for funky, gooey cheese fries.

The Cawthons recruited pastry chef Michelle Hedman, formerly of Sarah’s on Central, to helm their dessert program. Look for seasonal options like a maple-pecan cheesecake, apple pie and caramelitas, caramel and chocolate oat bars.

Instead of a full bar program, they tapped friend and barman Phil Haltom to craft single-serve batch cocktails for on-site consumption. Classics like a Manhattan, a bubbly Gin and Tonic and a carbonated Negroni are available in 6.2-ounce glass bottles. Local draft beer and wine will also be available in the coming weeks.

Frankly fans need not fear the loss of their favorite meal on wheels. The Cawthons said the new space will serve as a commissary kitchen, and the truck will actually increase business after the restaurant opens.

The brick-and-mortar will be open 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Here’s a First Look at what to expect when doors open tomorrow:

 

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Photos by Michelle Volansky 

Catherine Klene is managing editor, digital at Sauce Magazine. 

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Frankly Sausages announces details, location on Cherokee Street

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

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Frankly Sausages now has an official address for its new concept: 2744 Cherokee St.

As The Scoop reported in July, Frankly Sausages co-owners Bill and Jamie Cawthon announced their intent to open a brick-and-mortar location somewhere on Cherokee Street. Now, the concept and the exact location have been revealed, as reported by St. Louis Magazine.

Jamie Cawthon said the restaurant will be called Frankly on Cherokee in the space that once was home to Calypso Cafe. The space will have 38 seats.

“It’s an expansion on the concept,” Cawthon said. “We’re going to have shareable plates, and Bill is going to do a weekend dinner plate that will be completely different from us before, and it’ll be different every weekend.”

There will also be a monthly featured sausage made with ingredients from a local farm.

Frankly fans can get a taste of the new menu at Cherokee Beach this Saturday, Aug. 19 from 5 to 10 p.m., including a duck sausage from Grand Army Farm and desserts.

There will be additional pop-ups scheduled leading up to the grand opening, which Cawthon said should be in early October.

 

Photo by Michelle Volansky

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine. 

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Friday, July 14th, 2017

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Another local food truck is going the brick-and-mortar route. Frankly Sausages co-owner Jamie Cawthon confirmed a lease has been signed on a location.

“We’re on Cherokee Street,” said Cawthon, adding the address isn’t being released yet. “We’re still doing some negotiating and bidding on a lot of the work, so it’s still pretty early. We don’t have an opening date.”

Jamie and chef Bill Cawthon launched their popular food truck in December 2015.

Cawthon said the new space would have a larger menu than what’s available on the truck. As things progress, she said the plan is to hold pop-up events in the area to try out dishes.

“You’ll see more than sausages and fries,” she said. “It’s still going to be in the style of Frankly Sausages.”

Photo by Michelle Volansky 

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

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Frankly Sausages has hit the brakes in Six Mile Bridge Beer‘s parking lot. Owners Bill and Jamie Cawthon have partnered with the Maryland Heights brewery located at 11841 Dorsett Road to serve house-made sausages to thirsty patrons starting this Friday, Dec. 4.

Six Mile Bridge has no kitchen and is open Thursday through Saturday. During operating hours, customers can place their orders with servers, who will run them to the food truck parked outside. Servers will then deliver the fresh-made sausages to the table.

The limited menu – three classic sausages, three rotating specialty sausages, hand-cut fries and dipping sauces – focuses on using as many local purveyors as possible. The all-beef hot dogs are made and smoked at Bolyard’s Meat & Provisions, while Buttonwood Farms supplies the chicken for the chicken sausage and the rolls are made at LaBonne Bouchée. Bill Cawthon, who used to serve as chef de cuisine at Cardwell’s, uses those same kitchen facilities to prepare his sausages and other house-made items.

Find Frankly Sausages Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 11 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 11 p.m. Here’s a sneak peek at what to expect when Frankly Sausages parks it outside Six Mile Bridge this Friday.

 

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-photos by Michelle Volansky 

The Scoop: Gourmet sausage food truck to hit the streets

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

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St. Louis is a beer town, and in November, Frankly Sausages, a gourmet sausage truck, will hit the town offering a classic food pairing with the Lou’s favorite beverage. Cawthon will make all sausages served on the truck, as reported by St. Louis Magazine.

After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Bill Cawthon and his wife, Jamie Cawthon, spent four years in Los Angeles before returning to their hometown in December 2013. Bill Cawthon served as sous chef and chef de cuisine at Pastaria and is currently the chef de cuisine at Cardwell’s on the Plaza.

Frankly Sausages will be Cawthon’s first solo venture. “I’m looking forward to being out on my own,” he said. “I’m glad I get to work with Jamie, and a food truck will give me more time with the family.”

As for the menu, Cawthon plans to start with classics: beer brats and Italian sausages and sides of hand-cut fries. Eventually he hopes to branch out into lesser-used proteins like alligator and additional sides. Currently, the Cawthons are looking for local bread sources and plan to serve their sausages in Companion rolls. “It’s the right time for us,” said Jamie Cawthon. “A truck makes sense for us right now. We can be nimble and keep it simple.”

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