Frank’s Res­tau­rant

The Covington News - - Local News - By Sabas­tian Wee swee@cov­news.com

Frank’s Res­tau­rant on Ga. High­way 212 has been a Cov­ing­ton fix­ture for nearly 40 years.

Frank Castel­lana, who started the res­tau­rant, now co-owns it with his five chil­dren and son-in­law.

“My fa­ther used to be in the res­tau­rant busi­ness in At­lanta years be­fore, and he just de­cided he wanted to get back into it,” said Vi­vian Fuller, Castel­lana’s daugh­ter and co-owner of the res­tau­rant.

The res­tau­rant, orig­i­nally lo­cated on Ga. High­way 36 next to Frank’s One Stop, was de­stroyed in a fire in 1973. They moved to the cur­rent site, a larger fa­cil­ity that al­lowed the res­tau­rant to grow through the years.

The res­tau­rant serves an ar­ray of dishes, in­clud­ing pizza, bat­tered­fried cat­fish, lasagna and spaghetti. They are also well-known for seafood, seafood in­clud­ing bat­tered-fried shrimp and fresh oys­ters. All dishes come from recipes that have long been in the fam­ily’s tra­di­tion.

Re­cently re­mod­eled, Frank’s now of­fers a full bar that has a widescreen TV. While the bar cur­rently serves an ar­ray of beer and wine, Fuller hopes to add liquor to the bev­er­age menu.

The Castel­lana fam­ily, in­clud­ing the grand­chil­dren, grad­u­ated from Heard-Mixon Ele­men­tary School, lead­ing the res­tau­rant to be proud part­ners in ed­u­ca­tion with the school, school along with Al­covy High School. The spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion class from Al­covy High vis­its the res­tau­rant ev­ery Mon­day and Wed­nes­day. There are also a few Al­covy stu­dents em­ployed at Frank’s.

“They do what they can do, whether it’s rolling sil­ver­ware, vac­uum or set­ting the ta­bles,” said Fuller. “We buy ads from the schools’ year­books, do­nate food for events and what­ever we can do to help.”

“We all grew up here,” adds Fuller. “And we want to con­tinue grow­ing with the com­mu­nity.”

Sub­mit­ted photo/The Cov­ing­ton News

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