Astoria, Pizza, Restaurants
Oct 22, 2014

Frankie’s Pizza Has Closed

We learned from a tweet by @adamkuban today that Frankie’s Pizza (22-56 31st St) has closed. Here’s the transcription of the text in the above image: Dear Costumers! Thank you (…)

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Photo credit: Adam Kuban

We learned from a tweet by @adamkuban today that Frankie’s Pizza (22-56 31st St) has closed. Here’s the transcription of the text in the above image:

Dear Costumers!

Thank you for your loyalty and support after 50 years of business – Frankie’s Pizza is closing!

Sincerely,
Frankie’s Team

I was just by there the other day and noticed that they’d been around for a while, and wondered how long that would last. There’s a good chance they closed because 50 years is a long time, though I wonder if the plywood around the subway entrance in front of them made a difference in business. I do have to admit—I think the pizza had gone downhill a little bit in the last couple of years. However, it was one of the only places for a while that I could find blood orange Pellegrino. And when I first moved to Astoria I did enjoy their slices.

It’s a little disturbing to see two spots close like this (the other being Ditmars Sation Pub). That block of 31st Street has a number of available storefronts now—at least five.

Farewell, Frankie’s Pizza staff! Thanks for all the classic NY slices over the years.

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14 Comments

Chad

“Hipsters ruin everything!” Oh, please. It’s the rising rents in the area that have closed so many stores, not the hip youngsters that eat there. If you want someone to blame, look in the mirror. We all need to do our part and back some legislation that stops the continual rent increase before the only people who can afford to live in Astoria are the super rich.

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Mike

I bet it was the rent that finally got them. Rents along 31st have gotten ridiculous. Also, don’t see the comparison with Ditmars station. One was there for a few years, and never really had much success. The other had a 50 year run. Big difference IMO

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Denise

Those were the days my friend…
Just out of Immac…having a slice
and a song (3 actually) on the old
fashioned juke box…below the pool
hall…lol…where I was too young
to enter…Ciao Frankie<3

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Jennifour

Yeah. I got pizza there when I first moved here 4 1/2 years ago and was disappointed. But now that I know they’ve been there 50 years, I do feel bad.

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John Agoropoulos

So sorry to hear about the closing of Frankie’s Pizza. They had the best Pizza’s in the Ditmars Area for years. I guess all the new ASTORIA HIPSTERS in town and all the new cafe’s have done them in. I knew the REAL FRANKIE and was a loyal patron for a long time. Sorry to see them close. ASTORIA STILL STRONG and we are open for change. Best restaurants in all of Queens…..Greek, Italian, Latin, Asian. cafe’s galore. Great Diners also…..Check out Tasty’s on Ditmars and 29th Street. Great food, reasonable prices….Greek Specialties and an Avgolemano Soup like your mama use to make. ” ZHTO ASTORIA ”………LONG LIVE ASTORIA !

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