This is really happening: Franny’s has long been among the best places in Brooklyn to get pizza — no small feat — as well as a neighborhood favorite for straightforward Italian food, with one of the most impressive wine lists in the city. But according to a note sent out this afternoon (and a message on the restaurant’s website), owners Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg will close Franny’s for good after service on Sunday, August 20, though they promise the restaurant “will continue in some way in the future.”
Here is the relevant text:
After 14 incredible years franny’s will be closing its doors on Flatbush Ave. It has been a true pleasure and honor to be able to cook for and serve our community for all these years. You have filled our restaurant with so much joy, and inspired our team to work hard and with care and passion every single day.
The good news is that franny’s will continue in some way in the future, and we will be sure to keep you posted of news of our next chapter. Our last service here will be Sunday, August 20. Until then, we hope you will please come in and enjoy our last month in this space together.
When it opened in 2004, Franny’s instantly made a name for itself, with a commitment to the farm-to-table ethos (before that became a whole thing), a family-friendly vibe that very much spoke to its Park Slope and Prospect Heights neighbors, and superlative Neapolitan-style pizzas (not to mention a simple panna cotta dessert that Grub Street has eaten approximately 500,000 times).
Franny’s was a hit from the start. The restaurant moved a couple blocks down Flatbush several years ago to a larger space, with the original location becoming Marco’s, before then transforming into Rose’s.
According to the owners, Joe Campanale will open a new restaurant in the current Franny’s space.