A new Caribbean/Creole/American fusion concept, Patois Eatery and Social Lounge, plans to open in Midtown St. Louis on April 15, replacing the Rustic Goat at 2617 Washington Avenue.
Johnnie Franklin, marketing director for the new restaurant's management group, says the Rustic Goat will be closing in the coming days, followed by a brief period to allow renovations and branding.A Chicago native, Franklin's background is in promoting; for five years, he traveled the country as part of Jack Daniels' Jack'N for Beats program. During his eight-week stint in St. Louis, he met Crystal Burkley, who's been a bartender and general manager at bars and clubs including the Marquee and the Loft. Now they're engaged, and last year, Franklin relocated to St. Louis to be with her.
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