Let’s be Frank. This is not good news. Word from our friends at Eater PDX earlier this year that Brooklyn food stars Frank Falcinelli and Frank Castronovo were bringing their radical comfort food to Portland was cause for celebration—and hope that the fun-loving, food-serious and old-world-obsessed restaurateurs would challenge Portland’s bar.

But word has been circulating that the red-hot Frankies are busy with other projects. On the front burner: a new West Village restaurant with elements drawn from their Italian-American Frankies Spuntino and German-centric Prime Meats. No doubt they’re looking at more opportunities with Sorenson, their partner in Brooklyn’s Café Pedlar and master of the coffee universe.

The restaurant was to slated to take over the empty storefront next to Stumptown on Division Street.