BRIDGEPORT — After a long closure for renovations, the owners of Franco's Ristorante will open the restaurant Wednesday.
The neighborhood's famed Italian eatery will open at 4 p.m. and close at 9 p.m.
"It’s really not the same restaurant it was," said Frank A. Ruffolo, the son of owners Frank and Jeanine Ruffolo.
Driving or walking down 31st Street, you'll notice a new paint job and sign. Though he wouldn't go into details, Ruffolo said neighborhood folks can expect a twist on Franco's menu.
The family decided to give the business a facelift last year, slapping on new paint, removing awnings to allow more light into the restaurant and revealing a 26-year-old mural inspired by Jeanine Ruffolo’s father, Santo “Sonny” Damico, who spent years running a produce stall at Chicago’s famed South Water Market.
Franco's will open at noon Friday for White Sox Opening Day.
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