Franco (1535 S. 8th Street; 314-436-2500), the beloved French restaurant in Soulard, is closing its doors after a ten-year run. According to a statement issued via its Facebook page, the restaurant's last day of service will be Saturday, February 20.
Since opening in 2006, Franco has been synonymous with approachable French comfort food, garnering critical acclaim and a legion of devoted patrons along the way. It was the freshman effort of restaurateur Tom Schmidt, who later opened the wildly successful barbecue spot Salt + Smoke in the Delmar Loop.
We Are Sad to Say Goodbye on Saturday February 20th.
These past ten years have been special. We have made so many lifelong friends and proudly served our passion to St. Louis. But sadly, it is time to say goodbye to Franco.
I cannot possibly show enough gratitude to all the people that have made this restaurant hum for this long. Executive Chef Jon Dreja and GM Alex Adank, in particular, have manned the helm for years and sacrificed so much to make this work. The servers, cooks, dish crew, bus boys, bartenders and more have helped create an identity and home for us. Our loyal guests let us into their lives and became true friends. Sharing our passions with theirs, this restaurant became more than just a place to dine.
We are not gone from the St. Louis restaurant world and you will know where to find us, but it is not the same. We will miss you and the intimacy we fostered here. Please come and say goodbye this last week. From the bottom of my heart, thank you.
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