Fabiani’s (which was Franco’s) reopening

Franco's reopens

Franco’s Ristorante, which went dark earlier this year, is reopening as Fabiani’s on Saturday, August 18, 2012. The menu and vibe will be familiar — not much has changed — but the restaurant will now make better use of its outdoor patio, adding live music. “We didn’t want to chance what worked,” says new partner, Durelle Finster. “It’s like a little Mediterranean villa,” she added. They’ll host the grand opening at 3pm on Saturday with wineries Seghesio, Sunce and Kaz doing wine tastings, an hors d’oeuvres menu and radio station KRSH onsite. Dinner and music lasts until 9:30pm. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily. 505 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa.