LES Frankies to Close and Reopen As Francesca (a Spanish Frankies) on March 23

Frankie tapas.

Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo are mixing things up over at the Frankies franchise, turning Frankies Spuntino at 17 Clinton Street on the Lower East Side into Francesca, a Basque-style restaurant serving pintxos and tapas from northern Spain. Frankies as we know it will close on March 21 and reopen as Francesca on March 23. Spanish-trained Ryan Bartlow — who’s been spearheading the kitchen at the 570 Hudson Street location — will be the chef. Adios, Chianti. Hola, Tempranillo. [NYT]