Uccello Brothers opens new pizzeria in east Grand Rapids

The former Papa John’s restaurant in the Eastown neighborhood of Grand Rapids is taking on new life as a local pizzeria.

Ucello Brothers will open Franca’s pizzeria in Eastown

If you’re looking for a new place to grab a slice, according to wooden tv 8Davide and Dan Uccello plan to open Pizzeria Franca at 1551 Wealthy St. SE.

Formerly Papa John’s, the new pizzeria is near Lake Drive, and between Tamale’s Mary and Phlōt.

Google Streetview from June 2021

Google Streetview from June 2021

Franca’s Pizzeria is part of the full-service food business of the Uccello brothers, Flo’s collectionwhich includes Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar in Belmont and Greenville, Flo’s Wood Fired Pizzeria in Rockford, Flo’s Pizzeria in Plainfield and West Michigan Catering Concepts.

The new restaurant is named after Davide and Dan’s mother, Franca.

Pizzas, pastas, subs and more at Franca’s Pizzeria

wooden tv 8 reports that Franca’s will focus primarily on takeout and delivery and serve a menu similar to Flo’s Pizzeria on Plainfield Avenue.

So, what can we expect to eat at Franca’s Pizzeria? According to the restaurant’s Facebook page, “Franca’s Pizzeria specializes in artisanal, fresh, Sicilian-inspired dishes.”

Flo’s Pizzeria, Facebook

Flo’s Pizzeria, Facebook

The menu will include pizzas, pastas, appetizers, subs and wraps.

I hope they also serve Stromboli — because Flo’s Stromboli looks delicious!

Flo’s Pizzeria, Facebook

Flo’s Pizzeria, Facebook

When will Franca’s pizzeria open?

Renovations are underway in the new restaurant. The owners recently unveiled the Franca’s Pizzeria logo.

Franca’s is also currently recruiting. If you want to work as a cashier at the new pizzeria, you can apply here. If you are interested in cooking, you can apply here.

Although an exact opening day has not been announced, wooden tv 8 reports that the owners’ goal is to open in April.

Stay tuned for updates by follow Franca on Facebook!

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