Francesca’s in July 2016.
Editor’s Note: Please note the original owners are planning to re-open this business. Please look out for an updated story.
By John Fitts
COLLINSVILLE – The current operators of Francesca’s Wine Bar & Bistro have closed the doors to the Collinsville restaurant, according to the building landlord.
The lights were off Wednesday and while a sign inside the business states it is “closed for renovations,” Mary K. Howley, manager of the LLC that owns the 105 Main St. location and several neighboring buildings, said she received an email from her attorney on Tuesday that stated the business would not be re-opening.
“It is, in fact, closed and it’s basically a fiscal issue,” Howley said.
In August of 2015, a culinary team led by owner/chef Jared Talarski took over operation of the restaurant, which was originally opened in September of 2012 by Francesca and Don Nadeau along with chef Jonathan Nadeau.
On Thursday, David A. Richman, a local investor and businessman, said he was a backer of the business. He said the closure, which came on Sunday, was due to the inability of the business to pay its bills. One factor was the failure to build upon the original success of the restaurant, according to Richman.
“Unfortunately, the market wasn’t as strong as we were led to believe,” Richman said.
Richman said he loved the business and is sad to see it go.
“It was a very difficult thing to do,” he said.
Canton Compass is also attempting to reach Talarski.
Howley said the building owners will begin searching for tenants.
“We will be seeking to lease the space,” she said.
Anyone interested can send Canton Compass a quick message at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will forward it to Howley.