A Q&A with Star Fronimo of Fronimo’s Downtown
Already a bright light on the downtown Canton nightlife scene, Star Fronimo enjoyed quick success when her namesake bar-restaurant opened in May 2016.
More than two years later, Fronimo’s Downtown at 315 Cleveland Avenue NW is reliably lively and frequently packed, especially on weekends.
“It’s going great, it really is,” Fronimo said. “We’re staying busy, people are happy, and we’re seeing new faces all the time.”
Q. You’ve been a downtown fixture for as long as I can remember. How long has it been?
A. “I’ve worked downtown now for 16 years. I started with Sylvester Premier at Primo’s in ‘03. I stayed with him many years as a server and bartender. Seven years ago, I went to Lucca as a bartender, and I worked there almost five years. I also helped open the martini bar downtown (Picciano’s) in ‘06.”
Q. After so many years being downtown, were you pretty confident about opening your own nightspot here?
A. “I felt like I was liked and people knew I was a hard worker and they would patronize me. I had a loyal clientele of people who don’t go to the chains at Belden Village and are diehard supporters of the mom-and-pop places. I would definitely say I stayed downtown because of my supportive customers over the years.”
Q. What kind of a place were you envisioning for Fronimo’s Downtown?
A. “I wanted it to be exactly how it turned out to be: Small, cozy, kind of swanky but inviting, with a warm feeling when you come in. Everyone always tells me it’s the kind of place you’d find in New York or Chicago. Great food, great drinks, very personable staff.”
Q. You seem to know the names of at least half the people who walk through the door.
A. “They like when you know who they are. When I’m not here, I hear about it, but sometimes I’ve gotta go home! We have regulars that come in two or three times a week. I’m very lucky to have them.”
Q. What’s on your menu?
A. “We have small plates, salads, sandwiches and entrees as well. You can do a couple of small plates or a sandwich and a drink or two, or you can go for the entrees. We have rack of lamb, a fabulous Delmonico ribeye. People love our bone-in French chop. The lamb burger’s a staple, the cauliflower. My chefs, Garon Thomas and Sam Shoup, and kitchen staff are great. I couldn’t ask for better people!”
Fronimo’s Downtown: 315 Cleveland Ave. NW, Canton. Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday. For more details, find Fronimo’s Downtown on Facebook or call 234-360-8665.