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Frankie's brings caffeine fix back to downtown

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COFFEE FIX: Keryna Coleman makes a to-go latte Wednesday at Frankie’s Café and Coffee.
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WAFFLES: Dee Banks serves up an order of peanut butter banana waffles Wednesday at Frankie’s.
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FRANKIE: Owner Phyllis Lowery smiles with a picture of her dog, Frankie, the namesake of the restaurant.

By Leeann Doerflein

news@ftimes.com

Since Frankie’s Café and Coffee opened Monday at 63 East Clinton Street, a steady stream of customers have come to check out Phyllis Lowery’s latest local business.

“We have had lines constantly,” Lowery said. “It is more than I ever expected. I appreciate the support coming from so many.”

After Flavors closed in 2017, Lowery said building owner Iron Men Properties, after partnering with the Clinton County Chamber of Commerce, approached her to fill the space with a new café. After many renovations and lots of planning ,the café is now serving up coffee, breakfast and lunch six days a week.

Lowery has owned several local businesses over the past 30 years, starting with She and I, a downtown bar that Lowery opened in 1989. Most recently, Frankfort diners will know her from Downtown Diner, which she opened five years ago. Last year, she handed over the reins of Downtown Diner to her son so she could focus on Frankie’s.

The café is named after Lowery’s dog, Frankie. Pictures of him are displayed around the café and his face adorns the menu, along with the dog paw print logo.

Lowery’s goal for the café is to deliver a memorable experience through unique food and drink offerings and a hospitable atmosphere. From diner’s rave reviews in person and on social media, Lowery seems to be delivering so far.

For breakfast, the café offers staples like oatmeal, waffles, sandwiches, biscuits and gravy, and pastries. For lunch, there is an array of sandwich options, Frankie dogs and salads. Hot and cold coffee, smoothies and many other drinks are available all day long.

For Lowery, the favorite menu item is the Sweet & Savory Turkey sandwich on cranberry walnut bread. The sandwich is loaded with turkey, bacon, Swiss cheese, spinach, apple slices and mango chutney and is served with chips or a side salad.

“People are already addicted,” Lowery said. “The turkey, the bacon, the apples, the chutney; It is an unbelievable sandwich with all of that together.”

From the bold menu items to the hiring 10 employees right out of the gate, Lowery said she is all in with Frankie’s.

“You have to think big to be big,” she said.

And it is not just the café. Lowery can also cater events and intends to offer unique after-hours events when the café becomes more established. The plan is for the café to host “Gathering Place” events on Friday nights. Sometimes the event could be a trivia night, or other times people can come to enjoy music. Either way, Lowery wants to offer a fun evening out on the town with food and friends.

For more information on the café, a full menu and to keep an eye out for future “Gathering Place” events, check out the café’s Facebook and Instagram pages. To visit, Frankie’s is open Monday to Thursday 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Friday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.