EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

We kick off this week's edition of "Eat, Drink and Be Merry" with a Prairieville establishment whose owners have roots dating back to the 1940s in the restaurant business.

We kick off this week's edition of "Eat, Drink and Be Merry" with a Prairieville establishment whose owners have roots dating back to the 1940s in the restaurant business.

Frank's Restaurant and Smokehouse on Airline Highway (near Wal-Mart) has been a mainstay in Ascension Parish for eight years now, but its origins go back to a founder who cut his teeth as a soda jerk for the fabled Hopper's Drive-In chain in Baton Rouge.

Frank Dedman Sr. began work with Hopper's when the restaurant's first location opened on Scenic Highway in 1948. The chain grew to include four more locations in Baton Rouge, and stores in several major cities across the state.

When the chain sold out to Dobb's House of Memphis in 1964, Dedman started his own chain of drive-in restaurants.

Blue Bird Drive Inn grew into a three-store chain by the mid 1960 By 1971, chains such as McDonald's and Burger King re-defined the concept of fast food.

Dedman closed his stores on Plank Road and Nicholson Driver, but he re-branded the Airlie location "Frank's".

As they say , the rest is history.

Hearty breakfasts have always been a special attraction at Frank's, especially the biscuits.

He located to a larger location by the early 90s and expanded to Prairieville in the 1990s.

Homemade biscuits, deilcious smoked meats and mouthwatering plate lunches make Frank's a favorite in the Prairieville.