Lansing’s Saddleback BBQ Takes Over Detroit Frankie’s Pizza


Unfortunately, Lansing has to say goodbye to another restaurant. Fortunately, we’ll only have to say goodbye by name, as his legacy will be kept alive by yet another restaurant in Lansing.

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In a Facebook post on Friday night (December 10), Frankie, the owner of Detroit Frankie Wood Fired Brick Oven announced his retirement. In the post, he goes on to say that he doesn’t just want to leave his customers and employees dry. He wanted to make sure that the business continued and that his employees still had jobs. Check out his post below.

It wasn’t until last November that we learned of the closure of Detroit Frankie’s in southern Pennsylvania, and they had just opened there in July. Enter Saddleback BBQ.

Saddleback barbecue takes over Detroit Frankie’s two locations

In a cheeky Facebook post, Saddleback BBQ said they might or might not open a new pizza place after the New Year, and if they were, they wanted our opinion on the new logo.

Now we know they’re not just opening a new restaurant, they’re taking over the old Detroit Frankie locations with a new name; Slice by Saddleback. Plus, they’ll keep the delicious legacy Frankie left behind alive.

Slice by Saddleback Can you keep Detroit Frankie’s recipes?

Saddleback BBQ owner Matt visited Detroit Frankie’s to learn the recipes and practice.

It looks like we’ll see a mix of the old and the new; the pizza is made the same way as Frankie, but make sure you see barbecue pizza as well.

We hope Frankie gets the incredible retirement he deserves, and we can’t wait to see what happens with Slice by Saddleback!

Detroit Frankie’s West Side location at 644 Migaldi Lane will become “Slice by Saddleback” on December 28, 2021, and the other location in southern Pennsylvania will open on January 1, 2022.

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