Frank & Angie’s: Closing Forever After Nov. 17
We told you this was coming, and, damn it, here it is
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
4:50PM, Tue. Nov. 6, 2018
Pardon our language, hey?
But Frank & Angie’s was a well-loved place in this town and we’re sad to see them go.
But, yeah, the neighborhood pizza-and-pasta joint will be 86’d for good after Saturday, November 17th, according to owners Mike & Kim Hutchinson.
“Frank & Angie’s is lucky to have enjoyed loyal support from our Austin neighbors since we opened in 1995,” says their most recent communication. “We worked hard to keep Frank & Angie’s a simple, comfortable restaurant that celebrates a love of family, food and coming together over a good meal. We’ve been honored by the loyal patronage of the Austin community. But the time has come to close the doors.”
And why is this happening, d’you think?
After having run businesses for so long – the Hutchinsons also own Hut’s Hamburgers, for instance – this closure is just, they say, “the right time for us.”
Sure. But we all live here, too, and we see the, you know, the writing on the wall, like.
So it’s not at all surprising that the recent Frank & Angie's press release also notes: “General affordability – or lack thereof – for independent businesses in Austin’s booming Central Business District, coupled with high taxes, were certainly considerations.”
Yup. If we had a nickel for every time we heard that truth spoken … we wouldn’t have a support-the-Chronicle link at the bottom of our own pages.
But still, Austinites have a couple of weeks left – during the East Austin Studio Tour, no less – in which to partake of that Frank & Angie’s goodness. So there's that, at least. Warm pizza, cold comfort.
Note: Go gently, good citizen, as we reckon they’ll be busier than usual until the hammer falls.