A new eatery is opening in an old dining spot familiar to many Leechburg residents. Frankie’s on 2nd will have a soft opening starting at 7 a.m. Saturday, serving breakfast in what was formerly Pappy’s restaurant and, before that, Bonello’s. It is located at 81-83 Second St.
New owner Frank Failla, 62, of Springdale Township and his sister, Tina Rafalowski, will share the cooking duties.
“I’m most excited about this new adventure for my brother,” Rafalowski said. “He’s the one who taught me to cook.”
Rafalowski of Bethel Park will make the trek to Leechburg on weekends to work in the kitchen.
“I would drive two hours for my brother,” she said.
The siblings grew up surrounded by the restaurant biz. She first learned how to make pizza from her older brother.
Their late father owned and operated the former Don Nicolas pizza shops, with locations in Baldwin Township, Dormont and Pittsburgh’s Overbrook neighborhood.
“That was during the 1980s, and I took over after my dad died,” said Failla, who also works full time in travel management.