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The Florentine is Closing After 71 Years of Business

Lauren Sega Lauren Sega The Florentine is Closing After 71 Years of Business
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One of Franklinton’s most historic businesses, The Florentine, is closing its doors on December 23.

“With the help of our loyal, loving staff we have proudly served classic Italian cuisine to our community for three generations,” said a statement on the Florentine website. “This was a very tough decision to make; but one which ultimately had to be made.”

It comes after three generations of business and will leave a lasting impact on the local business community. Jack Storey, Executive Director of the Franklinton Development Association, said that although he hasn’t been in the neighborhood long, he’s seen the Florentine create an important legacy.

“It’s clear that The Florentine has been an incredible anchor for our neighborhood, and the great amount of respect for the family and the institution itself was evident from the first time I stepped foot in Franklinton,” said Storey. “They will be missed, and our community will never feel quite the same without them. I am grateful to have had the chance to enjoy the food (they make a killer turkey pesto club) and to experience the history of the place, firsthand.”

For the past 71 years, the Florentine has served from their space at 907 W. Broad Street, providing the Franklinton community with Italian cuisine — carb-stuffed appetizers, pasta entrees and sea fare. Although they’ll be closing their doors before the end of the month, owners Pete and Nick Penzone said it’s not necessarily the end.

“When one door closes another one opens. The Florentine Legacy will continue in a new form,” they said.

For more information, visit www.florentinerestaurant.com.

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