Leftovers: Fall Heat, Tin Roof’s Rougarou are back _lowres

Photo provided by Lasseigne's American Grill -- Pan-seared frog legs is just one item that will be featured at Lasseigne's American Grill, a new restaurant opening in the former Frankie Marcello's on Perkins Road.

The now-closed Frankie Marcello’s at 7520 Perkins Road will be transformed into an American Southern restaurant that will open in the middle of the holiday season, if all goes according to plan.

Lasseigne’s American Grill will be in its soft opening phase the week after Thanksgiving, according to co-owner Karen Hayden. Named after co-owner Philip Lasseigne, the new restaurant will focus on fresh-made dishes, featuring seafood and steaks at dinner. A more casual menu with soups, salads and sandwiches will be available during lunch.

Patrons can expect Louisiana favorites such as pan-seared frog legs and fried alligator. Chef Aaron Brown, who previously worked at Spice Bistro & Bar and Restaurant IPO, will be in the kitchen.

“There will be a twist on typical American dishes,” Hayden said. “They will all have a little bit of Southern flair.”

Hayden said the owners hoped the restaurant would be open by October. However, the restaurant has gone through a ton of renovation, including gutting the entire dining room, moving the bar and getting new kitchen equipment.

Frankie Marcello’s, a restaurant that specialized in an Italian and Creole dishes, closed in August after three years in business.

Business hours for Lasseigne’s are tentatively set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

Follow Matthew Sigur on Twitter @MatthewSigur.