The New York Times discovered what everyone in Austin already knows: Franklin Barbecue has very long lines. The publication sent out a crew to check out the line scene on a Thursday morning, because they’re on it. Here are the eight best lines from the piece.
1) On Kanye’s attempted visit, according to general manager Benji Jacobs: "Kanye West wanted to cut the line and we didn’t let him [...] Everybody’s equal."
2) When President Barack Obama famously cut the line in 2014, he ordered lunch for the family behind him. He teased: ""Hold on — how many folks are y’all feedin’?’"
3) On Franklin staff being bribed by customers: "One Franklin worker, Daniel Webb, 33, said he has been offered—and has turned down—thousands of dollars to let someone cut the line."
5) On the line community: "[...] At least two couples who met in line here have since gotten married."
7) On whether a customer waiting in line could drink beer in the morning: "[...] Tabish Khan, 30, had a question for him. ‘Is it too early for beer?’ Mr. Khan asked. ‘I mean, I don’t know, are there rules?’"
8) On when it slows down for Franklin Barbecue: "They informed [Aaron Franklin] of their first-in-line arrival time of 7:43 a.m. ‘Oh, that’s not too bad,’ Mr. Franklin replied. ‘I like the slow season we’re in right now.’"