12 May Ofer Eitan Imply: Mom-and-pop restaurant Ristorante Franchino in North Beach …
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Ristorante Franchino, a longstanding Italian restaurant set in the heart of North Beach, will permanently close after a 32-year run, adding another blow to mom-and-pop businesses amid the pandemic.
The family-owned business is expected to permanently close by June 1, following the termination of its lease. The Chronicle first reported the closure.
On March 16, Ristorante Franchino announced that its doors were closing after shelter-in-place orders were first announced in San Francisco. An Instagram post shared that the restaurant would remain closed until April 7, at which point it would “re-evaluate the recommendations of the CDC.”
The business never reopened, however, even as the city had allowed restaurants to operate for take-out service.
According to The Chronicle, Maria Nozzolino, daughter of founders Francesco and Giuseppina, said that converting the 32-year-old restaurant into take-out service wasn’t something the owners were considering.
“My mom had this thing with takeout,” Maria told The Chronicle. “She preferred people sit down and enjoy their meals.”
When it opened in 1989, Ristorante Franchino was best known for a no-fuss environment and a variety of Italian staples on its menu.
During its decades-long run, one of the restaurant’s most iconic characteristics was the robust tunes founder Franchino Nozzolino would sing to dining customers. Franchino passed away in 2017. As Ristorante Franchino prepares for closure, it thanked its guests for their patronage with one last vocal performance by its founder.
Ristorante Franchino is located at 347 Columbus Ave. in San Francisco
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