The doors to Frank’s Pizza at 2297 Falcon Ave., Bettendorf, are closed. The Bettendorf location — there also is a Frank’s Pizza at 711 1st Ave., Silvis — closed Sunday night. On the windows and doors of the restaurant Sunday were signs saying that the owners are in the process of selling the building and that Sunday was the last day of business.
“We would like to thank you for your patronage and support of our business over the last 18 years,” the signs read.
The listing on the NAI Ruhl Commercial Co. website says the sale price is $765,000 for the lot that is 1.39 acres and building, which has 6,955 available square feet on the first floor and 2,151 square feet in the basement. The assessed value is $621,850, with the land at $278,000 and the building at $343,850.
“Equipment package will be sold separately, but available,” the listing says.
According to the website at qcfrankspizza.com/Home.php, Frank Serra was from a family that originally hailed from the Calabria region of Italy.
On July 14, 1955, he opened a restaurant “featuring a cuisine that, at the time, was virtually unknown in the region: Pizza.” Originally on the corner of 9th Street in downtown Silvis, Serra bought land just down the street from the building for the current Silvis site at 711 1st Ave., the website says.
He ran the restaurant with his father, Raymond Serra, and brothers Charles and Pete Serra. When Frank Serra died in 1991, he left the restaurant to his four sons.
In 1995, the second location opened in Bettendorf near the intersection of 18th Street and 53rd Avenue.
No one at the restaurant was available Sunday night for comment.