The handwriting had long been on the wall. It was clear that Franny’s, the Park Slope legend that had been serving up pies with deliciously blistered crusts over 14 years, was in poor health.
In July, husband-and-wife owners Francine Stephens and Andrew Feinberg announced they would be pulling the plug in August. Six days ago, Franny’s closed its doors forever.
In an Instagram message, Stephens and Feinberg wrote:
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 message goes on to indicate that “longtime friend and fan” Joe Campanale will be opening another restaurant in the same space, at 348 Flatbush Ave. near Sterling Place. Campanale operates twi Manhattan restaurants, Dell’anima and L’Artusi, as well as the bar Anfora.
If you need further evidence of how much Franny’s was loved and will be missed, two of the restaurant’s former employees are creating a documentary titled “A Love Letter to Franny’s.” They have set up a Go Fund Me page to help finance the project.
Franny’s, we hardly knew ye.