Frank Dedman, founder of Frank’s Restaurant, dies at 91

BATON ROUGE– An icon in the Baton Rouge restaurant scene passed away earlier this week.

Frank Dedman Sr., the founder of Frank’s Restaurant and the innovator of his Restaurant’s well-known buttermilk biscuit recipe, died on Oct. 23 at 91.

The funeral services for Dedman are on Thursday.

Dedman and his late-wife Carolyn started the Restaurant in 1964 with the Baton Rouge location, 8353 Airline Hwy. Three generations of Franks own and operate both the original location and another in Prairieville, 17425 Airline Hwy.

Frank’s Restaurant offers signature home-cooked meals, as well as breakfast all day long. Comfort foods that include gumbo, burgers, and french toast are also a part of the menu.

Frank Dedman Sr.

Brent Guerin, one of the managers of Frank’s, said Dedman loved being at the restaurant, even after his retirement.

“He had a larger-than-life personality,” Guerin said. “Frank’s was everything for him. He loved this place even after his retirement. He passed it on to his family. It was a part of his life, and he did it for his family.”

Guerin said he’s worked at Frank’s for over 20 years.

“I’ve been here a long time,” he said. “I never got the pleasure of working with him full time, but that handshake he gives you every time just makes you feel good. It was just something about his handshake. He created our biscuits, and that lives on today. I told them, ‘y’all need to bury him with an order.'”

Guerin said Dedman has left a legacy for his family and the area.

“He’s leaving a legacy for Baton Rouge,” he said. “He created this restaurant where it’s like you’re at home. He created this environment, and it’s lived on through his son and his grandson. It’s something you can’t match anywhere else.”

 Visitation will be held for Dedman at Greenoaks Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 9595 Florida Blvd., on October 26 from 10 a.m. until the service starts at 1 p.m.

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