The changes happening all around downtown Austin have made their way to the front door of a longtime downtown pizzeria. Frank and Angie’s owners Mike and Kim Hutchinson released a statement this week on their website announcing that the red-sauce Italian restaurant that has been in business for almost 25 years will close November 17.
The Italian restaurant known for its pizza and pasta dishes opened in 1995 long before many Austinites knew the difference between New York, Sicilian and Neapolitan pizza. The Hutchinsons write that the closure is due to a combination of factors, including taxes and affordability but also it just felt like the right time for the couple that has run the business for most of their lives. The owners also warmly note the contributions of many of their longtime staff and ask that customers show a little patience on their final visits, as news of the closure has led to an increase in business, an irony that often befalls our longtime dining institutions in their final days.
We will update you with news of the future of the site as it becomes available.
Read the full statement from the Hutchinsons below:
“Frank & Angie’s is lucky to have enjoyed loyal support from our Austin neighbors since we opened in 1995. 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. Our last day of operation will be November 17, 2018. The difficult decision to close was reached due to a combination of factors. General affordability – or lack thereof – for independent businesses in Austin’s booming Central Business District coupled with high taxes were certainly considerations. However, after having run businesses for most of our lives, it’s just the right time for us.
Our staff has become part of our extended family, and we will miss the pleasure of working with them as this chapter closes. We sincerely cannot thank our incredible employees enough. Many have honored us with years of dedicated service including our bookkeeper, Ann Ferrell, floor and office manager, Laurie Womble, and evening GM, Eddie Guerrero, who have all been with us since day one. We also want to thank Josh Barta, who rounds out our management team. Our servers – Eva, Razel, Dan, Jodi, Becca, Marshall, Sheen, and Ely – and kitchen crew have been outstanding in maintaining both consistency and a pleasant dining experience that Austinites have come to enjoy. We can’t thank them enough for representing Frank & Angie’s so well. Last but not least we need to thank our counter/delivery staff, J.D., Saul, and Owen.
A special thanks to our great friends and partners, Chuck and Jan Gist, whose help was instrumental in the success of Frank & Angie’s (and Hut’s Hamburgers). Another special thanks to my mom, Angie – whose recipes and love of family was our inspiration for Frank & Angie’s. We also can’t forget to recognize our other namesake, “The Chairman of the Board” Frank Sinatra. To our loyal customers, we offer endless gratitude for your patronage. We have gotten to know a lot of you over the years, and we hope for the chance to thank you personally in the coming days.
We invite you all to come in and enjoy your favorite Frank & Angie’s meals – or even enjoy one for the first time. Please be patient as we have been a bit busier than usual since news of the imminent closing was released. As always, we will strive to give you the quality service and food that you have come to expect from our family at Frank & Angie’s.
Mike and Kim Hutchinson