Two Franks are always better than one. Frank Crapitto, owner of Crapitto's Cucina Italiana, has teamed up with Frank Butera, who comes from the same family that owned Butera Market. They've just opened Frank's Chop House, (3736 Westheimer, 713-572-8600) in the spot that has previously housed Joyce's Oyster Bar, Rockfish and The Stables. "You can't believe the number of people that remember The Stables and are looking for a place to go that's similar to that — plus the closing of The State Grille right around the corner from our new place, and we think we've got a built-in base of customers," says Crapitto. "We're going to have a small filet for the ladies as well as lots of salads and a steak for the men, along with a good mixed drink." As for the menu, "We're going to have some upscale comfort foods like a mac and cheese made with four cheeses, short ribs and a nine-ounce Angus burger on ciabatta." They've also completely redone the interior.
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Frank Butera, who's had stints at Carrabba's, Da Marco and Catalan in Houston and Michelin-starred Quince in San Francisco, will be the chef. "I'll be preparing lots of fresh Gulf seafood and a wide selection of pasta dishes, with some made with our homemade sausage," he says. "We're particularly proud of our house-smoked salmon, our crawfish empanadas and our chicken-fried steak. Today, we just perfected our flourless chocolate cake, and I swear you can't tell it's flourless." Way to go, Frank. And you too, Frank.