Taking on a national brand refresh, a new feel clearly paid off for Frankie & Benny’s in 2019 as they took the crown for Restaurant of the Year in The Foodie Awards.
Going back to their Italian American roots that focus on two things, a passion for food and sense of community spirit, they’ve given guests a new taste of the old neighbourhood of Little Italy. We spoke to the team at Frankie & Benny’s to find out exactly what changed in 2019 and what we can expect to see popping up in 2020 from our Restaurant of the Year.
What were you up to in 2019?
“Along with a brand refresh, we spent a lot of the year listening to our guests and making changes off the back of their feedback.” And one of those big changes was giving some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes a modern twist to bring them back better than ever: “We ran our Bring it Back campaign and asked fans what dish they’d most like to see back on the menu. The winner was our Pollo Pepperoni Romana and we turbo-charged it for 2019.”
Frankie & Benny’s signature dishes.
As well as bringing back some much-loved dishes, Frankie & Benny’s also focused on making their signature dishes the best they can be in 2019 too. They told us: “Our signature dishes represent who we are and remain popular on our menu, so we continue to improve them every year.” A perfect example is the restaurant’s new and improved Spaghetti Carbonara: “Even more creamy, smoky and garlicky, our teams and our guests love the change.” And we love the update too. The more garlic, the better we say.
Their popular vegan dishes of 2019.
Vegan-friendly menu options have fast crept up alongside the Frankie & Benny’s signature dishes as the most popular dishes of 2019. Their Viva La Vegan burger became a foodie-favourite, made up of a vegan ¼ pounder, lettuce, tomato, red onions, gherkin and vegan burger sauce with an optional gooey vegan melted cheese sauce topping. The Vegan No‐Cheesecake was another firm vegan favourite from the Frankie & Benny’s menu. They told us: “It’s unbelievably creamy and goes to show that there’s no need for compromise when it comes to vegan food.”
Moving with the food trends of 2020.
Off the back of such a successful bunch of vegan dishes from Frankie & Benny’s, we wanted to know whether we could expect more of the same for 2020. They said: “Veganism shows no signs of slowing down. With a greater understanding of the impact our diet has on the environment, creating more choice for people to flex their own diet for meat-free days or meat reduction is key.” So, off the back of that, the restaurant is launching a new range of vegan dishes in January 2020, featuring a few newbies like a vegan lasagne and vegan choc-chip shake to name a couple.
As well as more vegan options coming to a Frankie & Benny’s menu near you, the restaurant are also relaunching their gluten‐free adult and kids menus: “We’ve noticed the market has really moved on in the last 5‐6 years and the gluten products available are of such a high-quality. So, we just want to make sure that we’re constantly evolving our menu with changes.”
Some final words from Frankie & Benny’s.
When we asked Frankie & Benny’s for a few words about their Restaurant of the Year win, they said “We couldn’t be more pleased, proud and thankful for those that voted, visited and continue to come to Frankie’s. You’re all part of our story, part of creating lasting memories of the years gone by and hopefully many more years to come. See you soon?” A garlicky new carbonara and new vegan dishes? Yes, we will see you soon Frankie & Benny’s.
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