It’s a sad day in the Houston restaurant scene today as the city’s chefs and restaurateurs mourn one of their own. According to the Houston Chronicle, Houston restaurateur Frankie Mandola passed away last Friday night after suffering a heart attack. He was 68 years old.
"This evening, Frankie B. passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. Nothing but limitless love for him and each other," reads a post to Mandola’s Facebook page. "We look forward to hearing more Frankie B. stories and celebrating him together. Thank you again for loving Frankie B. and us."
Mandola’s long and storied career in Houston’s restaurant scene began in 1974 when he opened Ray Hay’s, which eventually transitioned into Ragin’ Cajun. The restaurant has since expanded into a multi-unit chain. Before his death, Mandola operated Frankie B.’s Catering and Damian’s Cucina Italiana
For those wishing to pay their respects, funeral services will be held for Mandola at St. Thomas High School on Thursday, July 14, tentatively planned for 10 a.m.