A professor from Boston runs his late father's New Orleans restaurant.






1988   1987  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 7 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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Complete series cast summary:
 Frank Parrish (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Sy 'Bubba' Weisberger (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Hanna Griffin (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Francesca P. Roberts ...
 Anna-May (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Frances E. Williams ...
 Miss Marie (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Bertha Griffin-Lamour (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Big Arthur (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Charles Lampkin ...
 Tiger Shepin (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Reverend Tyrone Deal (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
William Thomas Jr. ...
 Cool Charles (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Shorty (22 episodes, 1987-1988)


Frank Parish is a professor from Boston, who has not seen his father since he was two. 35 years later, he is told that his father died and that he owned a restaurant in New Orleans, which is now legally Frank's. Frank goes there and was going to go back and sell the restaurant to the employees, but Miss Marie feels that the restaurant is his legacy, so she has a curse placed on him that would take effect when he returns to Boston. And when he does all sorts things happen to him, so he returns to New Orleans. He tries to make a go of it but frankly, it's a different place for him. The one bright spot is Hannah Griffin, whom Frank has the hots for but unfortunately for him, she's enganged. But when Frank meets him, he thinks that he has a shot. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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Release Date:

14 September 1987 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El local de Frank  »

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After the pilot aired, Bill Cosby sent a telegram to the set that simply read "Bravo". See more »


Referenced in TV in Black: The First Fifty Years (2004) See more »


Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?
Performed by Louis Armstrong
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A classic series set in New Orleans.
5 February 1999 | by (McDonough, GA) – See all my reviews

This series was the story of Frank Parrish, a Boston-based professor, who, upon his father's death, inherits a restaurant in New Orleans, the Chez Louisianne (called "The Chez" (pronounced shez) by the employees and patrons). He relocates to Louisiana and learns the restaurant business through fits and starts.

Other characters were Hanna Griffin, the object of Parrish's affections and the assistant to Bertha Griffin-Lamour, her mother and the owner of a prominent funeral home; Reverend Deal, a part-time entrepeneur and part-time preacher; Tiger Shepin and Cool Charles, bartenders of the Chez; Big Arthur, the Cook (NOT the Chef, he insisted) and Shorty his assistant; Anna-May, who was the waitress and Miss Marie, the senior waitress who only waited on customers of the Chez that were customers for 20 years or more; Bubba was a lawyer who was a regular customer (Hugh Wilson said in an interview that this was the character that was a representation of him in the show, "the White guy").

There was much talent to be had in front of and behind the camera; playwright Samm-Art Williams wrote an episode, Hugh Wilson not only helped write the show, but even made a cameo; guest stars included Conchata Ferrell, the late Rosalind Cash and boxer Joe Frazier.

The show could have easily relied on humor, which it certainly had a handle on (one wonderfully absurd episode, "The Body" has the restaurant trying to deal with a pesky corpse, ala, "The Trouble With Harry"), however, it addressed many topics; relationships within the African-American community, it featured Dizzy Gillespie on one show and another one show had a strong Voodoo influence.

The most famous episode (shown on Nick at Nite's TV Land) and the most lauded was "The Bridge", which won Emmys for the writer, Hugh Wilson and guest star Beah Richards.

BET (Black Entertainment Television) re-ran the show, but has since stopped. TV Land, by all appearances has the rights to show it, but does not do so regularly.

This was a truly great show, culturally enlightening, funny, touching and always engaging. It can be said that there was not a single clunker in 17 episodes. The cast was predominately Black, however, it was a show that anyone could watch and enjoy. As Tom Shales said in a review, "This was not a "Black" show, this was a "People" show."

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