New owners to bring new life to Frank’s Pizza in downtown GV
December 24, 2015
A local couple is bringing Frank's Pizza back to life.
Hollie and Walter Klauer have purchased the restaurant at 122 E. Main St. in Grass Valley, which closed in October 2014 after more than 50 years in business.
The Klauers expect to close escrow on the business within the next couple of weeks, and hope to have the restaurant open by the end of January.
"We're excited to get the ball rolling and get in there and get this going," Hollie Klauer said.
Hollie Klauer formerly spent four years as a manager at Northridge Restaurant in Auburn. Walter works for Gold County Tractors, which is his family's business.
The couple had a desire to start their own venture, and when Frank's Pizza became available, it was "the right time, the right price, and it felt like it was a good opportunity," Hollie Klauer said.
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They knew the restaurant well. Walter, who is native to Grass Valley, would eat there often, and the couple, who met about five years ago, also used to frequent it together.
Hollie Klauer said they plan to stay true to the original restaurant, which was first opened in Nevada City in late 1950s by Frank Hovanski. It eventually relocated to Grass Valley, and around 1965 Hovanski sold the restaurant to his son-in-law, Jack Davis. The restaurant was most recently run by Jack's son, Troy.
That means diners can expect Frank's Pizza's familiar recipes when they walk through the doors.
"The one question everybody seems to ask is, 'Are you going to keep it the same?' and the answer is definitely yes," Hollie Klauer said. "We love the pizza just as much as the community does and we don't want to change any of that."
Hollie Klauer said the couple plans to do a minor remodel on the space, installing new floors and making a bathroom compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. They hope to begin hiring floor staff in the next month or so.
She said the response from the community has been enthusiastic, whether it's people expressing their excitement on social media or stopping her in person to ask her about the restaurant.
"The momentum behind this is amazing," she said.
And that gives the couple added motivation to ensure those high expectations are met. People are ready," Hollie Klauer said. "So I just want to make sure we come out strong and deliver."
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