Frank Linn, owner and chef of the mobile pizza kitchen, Frankly…Pizza! is taking the brick-and-mortar plunge and opening a restaurant in the former Two Pears Café in Kensington.
After about two years in business, Two Pears closed last week.
Linn, who has been toting his pizza trailer to farmers’ markets and private events, said at his new restaurant, he’ll be offering about eight different pies, plus a few salads, wine, draft beer and homemade soda.
Two of his signature pies include the Porky Marge (a margherita pizza topped with his home-cured bacon) and the Hot Mess! (topped with home-pickled and fire-roasted jalapenos, caramelized onions, bacon and gruyere cheese).
Linn said he’ll be installing a wood-fired pizza oven, a 60-inch range and a six-foot hood in the kitchen, which now has very little in the way of equipment. “That’s why no restaurant has made it in there, there’s not a proper kitchen,” Linn said, adding that it currently has a set of double-decker ovens, but no stove.
The interior will be redone as rustic, and the pizza preparation area will be visible to diners. Linn said he wants to make the outdoor patio into a “gorgeous place” with plentiful flower and herb boxes.
Frankly…Pizza! will be the first restaurant for Linn, who has cooked at a number of well-known downtown eateries, including 1789, Café Atlantico and Equinox. He also was a private chef and worked for two catering companies.
Look for an October or November opening.
10417 Armory Ave., Kensington, www.frankly-pizza.com