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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 , Updated 11:56 a.m., June 19, 2013

Frankie’s sports bar in Uptown Dallas closed


It was widely considered to be one of Dallas' best sports bars.

Brendan Sullivan/The Dallas Morning News

Frankie's in Uptown was regularly packed with sports fans, like it is pictured here in 2010 during game 6 of the ALCS to advance the Texas Rangers to the World Series.

— As of 2 a.m. Wednesday, long-time sports bar Frankie's on McKinney Avenue in Uptown Dallas is shuttered. The popular bar was regularly packed for big games, and Pegasus News readers named it the best sports bar in Dallas in 2010.

According to Marketing Coordinator Sara Polito, the bar couldn't come to an agreement with the landlord, and in a matter of days, Frankie's management made the decision to close Frankie's Uptown and move out. The bar is located in the bottom floor of the Gables Uptown Tower. I am waiting on response from urban retail rep for Gables.

Two Frankie's locations still exist outside of Dallas, in Lewisville and Fort Worth. The Uptown location had been open for 13 years.

Lauren Kent

Frankie's owner Bill Katz

"It's pretty bittersweet," said Polito of the sudden closing of Frankie's Uptown. "We're pretty heartbroken about it."

Polito reports that the management will consider moving some of the wait staff and cooks to the other two Frankie's locations, but it's too early to tell. As of 7 a.m. Wednesday, staff members began moving items out of the McKinney Avenue bar and into storage.

The owners of Frankie's hope to open a new Dallas location sometime in 2014, Polito said. No word yet on whether they'll be in Uptown or in a different neighborhood.

In a letter posted to Frankie's website, owners Bill & Johnnie Katz wrote, "After 13 great years at the corner of McKinney Avenue and Hall Street, we sure hate to leave, but it is time to move on to bigger and better things."



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