Park Slope-Prospect Heights restaurant Franny’s is closing its doors next month after nearly 15 years on Flatbush Avenue.
It’s a major closing for Brooklyn — when owners Andrew Feinberg and Francine Stephens first opened it in 2004, it quickly became one of the few restaurants that brought Manhattanites over the bridge to dine. A seasonal menu of pastas and pizzas, particularly a clam one, drew a loyal fan base that made it one of the most heralded spots in the neighborhood, inspiring the need for a larger location and contributing to the borough’s reputation as a place to be taken seriously for dining.
In an email to fans, the owners did not say why they decided to close, though they noted that the restaurant “will continue in some way in the future.” Restaurateur Joe Campanale of places like L’Artusi will be taking over the space. From the email:
Thank you to our beloved Brooklyn community so very much for sharing in our amazing journey. We are full of appreciation for our neighbors who supported us all of these years. We are full of appreciation for every single person who has ever worked here and been a part of this story.
Feinberg and Stephens also recently sold their local market Bklyn Larder to Mandy Wynn. Franny’s last day is Sunday, August 20th.
The restaurant and Campanale declined to comment further. Stay tuned for more.