The restaurateurs behind Canon in East Sac are set to open a French cafe and wine bar called Franquette in West Sacramento’s Bridge District within the next few weeks. One of the partners, chef Brad Cecchi, said the restaurant will offer contemporary, casual French food and a French-inspired wine list that includes “esoteric” wines not typically found in a restaurant, “not just Bordeaux and Burgundies.”
Jack Winks, Canon’s general manager and lead bartender, will oversee the beer and wine offerings. His wife, former Canon pastry chef Elena Winks, will be the chef.
According to Cecchi, Franquette will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. The menu hasn’t been nailed down yet, he said. “We’re in research and development right now. We have a big menu that’s got to be pared down. We’ve gotta vote some of these survivors off the island.”
Cecchi opened Canon with business partner Clay Nutting in 2018. A year later, the Michelin Guide took notice, naming Canon to its Bib Gourmand list of restaurants that offer good quality and value. It received the same designation in 2021.
The new restaurant, set to open before the end of the year, is at 965 Bridge St. in West Sac’s riverfront neighborhood, with views of downtown Sacramento. Cecchi said he and Nutting look forward to being in the Bridge District. “It’s very Brooklynesque,” he noted. “We’re excited to see that area flourish.”