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After 34 years, a favorite Melbourne wing restaurant will close at the end of the month

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Thirty-four years ago Frankie’s Wings & Things opened its doors and quickly became a favorite for locals and tourists.

At the end of this month, the longtime Melbourne establishment will close its doors permanently. They made the announcement on social media Friday.

“Since August of 1990, we have served the Melbourne area their favorite wings,” the post read. “It is with great sadness that we will be closing our doors for the final time on Friday, May 31st.”

Why is Frankie’s Wings & Things in Melbourne closing?

General Manager Dorie Powers has been working at the restaurant since it opened.

She said the owners of the family-run business decided it’s time to move on.

“Our lease is up and we thought it was time and all the family members have decided to retire,” Powers told FLORIDA TODAY, adding that she also will be retiring. “Thirty-four years is a long run.”

The restaurant is normally not open Mondays, but will be open May 20th and 27th to give customers an extra chance to come say goodbye.

“We are grateful for them,” Powers said. “We see a lot of the same people all the time and we want to thank them for their loyalty. We watch children grow up, couples get married and have children. These people are devastated. We had such loyal support.”

Frankie’s Wings & Things third Brevard restaurant to close this week

It’s been a rough week for Brevard’s dining scene.

Earlier this week, Wagon Wheel Pizza in Palm Bay announced it would close Saturday after 40 years in business. Owner Keith Elwood also is closing his business to enjoy retirement.

Villa Palma at the Village was another restaurant that said it would be shutting down. The authentic Italian restaurant in Cocoa Village is closing after not being able to renew its lease.

The family-run business has another restaurant, Villa Palma Ristorante, which will remain open.

Spitzer is a Trending Reporter. She can be reached at MSpitzer@Floridatoday.com.

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