The Franks are changing things up again.
Established restaurateurs Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli — most known for creating Brooklyn neighborhood gems like Frankies 457 — are soon closing their one Manhattan restaurant. The West Village Italian restaurant Frankies 570 Spuntino will close in about two weeks to make way for a new restaurant called Anton’s, the Times reports.
The Franks, as the duo is collectively known, have partnered with chef Nick Anderer to open Anton’s once that space at 570 Hudson Street is renovated. Anderer, who most recently worked for Union Square Hospitality Group’s pizza restaurants Marta and now-closed Martina, described Anton’s as a modern-day throwback cafe inspired by New York — decor wise, there will be antique furniture thrown about, and menu wise, the chef will cook updated versions of old dishes. He’s in charge of the food, which will overall lean European, including homemade pastas and a melted Cheddar on rye toast.
They’ve also brought on Natalie Johnson as general manager and beverage director; Johnson previously worked with Anderer at Marta, which has a reputation for a standout wine and Champagne list. Anderer recently left USHG following a 15-year run, during which he helmed the kitchens at Maialino, Marta, and the recently shuttered Martina.
The Franks opened Frankies 570 in 2011, but fast-forward to today, the duo says the restaurant was in need of a revamp. It closes soon for renovations, which should take a few months, before opening up as Anton’s with a new look and menu.
It’s yet another change for the Franks’s restaurant empire: Last year they closed their nearly decade-old Carroll Gardens steakhouse Prime Meats and opened a new wine bar. And they’re a few weeks away from opening a new slice shop, F & F Pizzeria, in collaboration with two of the biggest bread and pizza bakers in the country.