The green-white-and-red Hegenberger Road fixture populated by labor leaders and sports greats shuts for good.
Francesco’s Serves Its Last Italian Feast
One last bite of ravioli, a sip of Chianti, a few tears, and just like that—a slice of Oakland’s Italian heritage slipped into the past. Francesco’s restaurant, a green-white-and-red fixture on Hegenberger Road since 1968, closed in March after 48 rollicking years. The building is for sale, the leather booths and wrought-iron chandeliers will be auctioned, and the staff of 35 will be out of work.Photos by Leon Saperstein/www.studio-FAB.com