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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Franco Restaurant Review: It’s fitting that Franco sits across the street from Soulard Farmers Market, a plot of land where small producers have sold their wares since before the Louisiana Purchase. With a French-influenced menu built upon locally raised ingredients, Franco celebrates St. Louis’ history in an entirely modern ambience. Start with the justifiably famous pomme frites, escargots, foie gras or classic tarte flambé topped with bacon and caramelized onion. Seafood is plentiful and varied, arriving at the table beautifully plated (even on orders that are split in the kitchen --- and at no additional charge). Those fries appear again with a couple of entrées: mussels in roasted eggplant broth and a grilled rib-eye with red wine béarnaise. Good beignets make a perfect end to the meal. Located in an old baby carriage factory that's an area landmark, the restaurant’s contemporary interior avoids being cavernous, thanks to a couple of interesting decorative moves: specially designed ceiling panels to dampen noise and a wine rack partition that holds a notable selection.