About Franklins

Street View of Franklins Restaurant, Brewery, and General Store in Hyattsville, MD

The Franklins Story

Located in the heart of historic Hyattsville MD, Franklins is Prince George’s County’s first microbrewery, and the only combination restaurant, brewery, and toy store in the world.

In 1992, Mike and Debra Franklin purchased the former Hyattsville Hardware Co, a local institution located on a dying strip of Route 1. The couple opened Franklins General Store & Deli to recapture the spirit of bustling community activity. The deli soon became a popular lunch spot and eventually outgrew its limited space. In 2002, Franklins closed the deli portion of the store to open a 200 seat brewpub and double the size of the general store.

Supporting Our Community

As an independent, locally owned business, the idea of community is very important to us. From locally sourced food, to the art on the walls, to local products in the store, we are proud to be a key part of the revitalization and growth of the Hyattsville community.

Fresh and Local Ingredients

We source our food locally whenever possible. It is our philosophy that choosing fresh, local ingredients benefits both our guests and our community. Whether it is a dry aged burger from Baltimore County, or a tomato grown in Prince George’s County, our customers get to enjoy the freshness and vitality that seasonal food at its peak can bring, while also supporting the local hardworking people who provide us with such food.

Our Local Partners

  • Roseda Farms (Monkton, MD): Burgers and Steaks
  • GW Hall (Fishing Creek MD): Local Crab
  • Sang Froid Gin (Hyattsville, MD): Gin, as well as partnered with to produce hand sanitizer. 
  • Harlowes Farm, Helens Dream (Harwood, MD): Recycles our spent grain

Local Art

We are pleased to partner with the Hyattsville Community Arts Alliance (HCAA) to showcase the work of local artists throughout the restaurant. Each exhibit runs for 3 months, and all of the art displayed is for sale through the HCAA. To purchase a piece, or to find out how to have your artwork displayed, please visit the HCAA website.

Franklins is home to a 40’ x 14’ kinetic light mural located on the side of the building coming north on Route 1. The piece, named “After Dark, Hyattsville” by artist Liz Manicatide, is a permanent outdoor installation that uses color changing LED lights to provide a captivating light show after dark. The first of its kind anywhere, the installation’s vibrant colors and dream-like imagery captures the spirit of the local community.