Author Archives: Miranda S. Spivack

For Mike Franklin, the art’s the thing in Hyattsville

Mike Franklin was one of the first to see the potential of downtown Hyattsville amid the clutter of car dealerships, fast-food joints and laundromats.

His Franklins Restaurant, Brewery and General Store (complete with penny candy, children’s books and toys) has been a fixture on Route 1 for more than two decades. Almost single-handedly, Franklin created an oasis of civility in a landscape where for years neither fine dining nor fun dining was easy to find.

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