It’s been an arduous year and change of intense construction delays, permit inspection holdups, and consultations with the the Houston Archaeological & Historical Commission, but Frank’s Pizza can now finally boast being host to their very own open-air beer garden, Frank’s Backyard.
Having consumated the marriage of their businesses in a soft opening last night, the new 2,250 square-foot space on Travis St. is an astroturfed spot that’s equipped with a plethora of Adirondacks, barstools, picnic tables, and flatscreens—just in time for Sunday’s game, too.
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On the first level, visitors will find a back bar area where the hollowed-out airstream trailer resides, equipped with 40 beers on tap, in addition to huge selection of over 100 bourbons, whiskeys, and ryes. That’s topped with a upper level deck where more seating and TVs can be found. Patrons wanting to combine the best of both worlds can order while having a drink, and the pizza will be brought over to them.
On the whole, it’s a more than sensible addition to the Frank’s legacy of conviviality. In a past interview with Crain’s in 2016, general manager Cody Hastings had mentioned that “Frank’s is known for being cheap, fast and super casual”, and that this new space is ideally mimicking the beers-out-back experience. It looks to be the case, stealing the show of an otherwise packed downtown corner.
The downtown New York-style pizzeria must have seen an opportunity in its late-night crowds, ordering slice after slice of classics if not choices like “Scrumptious Supreme” or “Chicken Fajita”. While Frank’s Pizza had its draft and has been long regarded as a go-to spot for ‘za in Houston—and with a delivery only location still on the way on Prairie Street—it can now truly say it’s giving the people what they want in one spot, if not everything they’ll ever need.
Frank’s Backyard is open every day of the week from 3 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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