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Call for hours as they change due to productions This combination restaurant/theater venue is the creation of Frankie Janisch, former executive officer of the ImprovOlympic.
Our friend Frankie Janisch has ...
Our friend Frankie Janisch has had a rough couple of years.
A former performer and business manager at the ImprovOlympic, his real passion was food (though he combined both loves in his Taint shows and his stints on the Food Network.) Back in 2001 he opened his own restaurant and small theater -- Frankie J's on Broadway (with the MethaDome Theater -- named after the methadone clinic the space was for a while) -- and immediately ran into trouble with the Sheet Metal Workers Union.
And then there was the ongoing, would-be-funny-if-it-wasn't-my-friend, fiasco of trying to get his liquor license on a dry block.
Well, after giving it the good fight for far longer than most of us would last, Frankie J's
has been closed for the last couple of months.
Shaun had a drink with Frankie last night and wanted me to pass this along:
is doing well.
The restaurant and theatre closed.
Yes. All the bureaucratic paperwork and city rules and "shenanigans" going on in the city caught up with him.
thanks all the well wishes he
is avoiding e-mail and phone for a while.
hears about the support and is grateful.
BUT Frankie is not gone.
will be back in the spring with more and bigger things.
Watch for things coming this spring.
Frankie Janisch has done just about everything.Frank was a Chef and a restaurant manager.Frankie has been the Director of Operation and Chief Financial Officer for the ImprovOlympic in Chicago and Los Angeles.Frankie
has been through The Second City Training Center
, The Annoyance (which he
loved), and of course the ImprovOlympic
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It's No Joke … Chef turned comedian turned chef, Frankie Janisch, presents his cooking show, "Frankie J' Superstar."The parody of "Jesus Christ Superstar" on Broadway at Frankie J's," is set to open on Sunday, April 13th @6:30 p.m and every Sunday thereafter for an open run.
frankie j.jpgFormer Chief Executive Officer of the Improv Olympic, Frankie Janisch is a statesman to the Chicago improv community.
After showcasing his talents as a TV Host, Actor/Model, Chef Janoise in The Annoyance production of "Taint"(the cooking show where it all began under the direction of now President, of Screen Actors Guild Midwest, Lisa Lewis and Director Mick Napier, Founder of the of The Annoyance Theater and Director for The Second City), and participant in the Food Network's "Ready, Set, Cook & Cooking Live Prime Time," and much more, Frankie
is fulfilling yet another aspect of his dream by creating his own cooking show musical.
Impresario of his
own theatre located above the restaurant, Frankie
provides nightly entertainment at The Methadome Theatre, an intimate 50-seat house showcasing a broad spectrum of Chicago talent, from avant-garde theatre to independent music to spoken word, one-act plays and much more.
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