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News Tue May 03 2011

Francesca's to Expand (Kind of Like Your Waistline After Eating There)

In some of the best news my Michigander mom has heard in a while, Francesca's Restaurants has just put out the word that they plan to go national.

If you live in the Chicagoland area you've probably eaten at one of their twenty restaurants, and if you haven't, then get out of town; you'll soon have sixty new restaurants across the U.S. to take home a doggy bag from.

Plans to mimic both the classic Francesca's style and the small plates at Davanti are already in the works in California and Arizona, with Raleigh, N.C. on the horizon.

Before you go complaining that the restaurant is leaving Chicago out in the dust, allow me to let you in on a little secret. Wicker Park's Francesca's Forno will be re-opening as a wine and bruschetteria shop under the name Panza, and if that's not enough, a donut shop named Glaze will be opening near the Blue Line tracks.

Time to loosen that belt a notch or two.

LMB / May 4, 2011 11:02 AM

Any idea what happened to Francesca's/Nella on Clark Street?

Leah / May 4, 2011 2:20 PM

Not entirely sure - I read that Nella left. However, Francesca's does have plans to open a new pizzeria in Little Italy - you'll see that when you go to the Nella's site: http://pizzerianella.com/.

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