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Slicing Franklin’s brisket again
Slicing Franklin’s brisket again
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Franklin Barbecue Is Back: A Look at Its First Day

That line was understandably epic

Yesterday marked Franklin Barbecue’s triumphant reopening in Austin following a fire in late August, caused by an ember flying away from the pit. Aaron Franklin immediately offered the firefighters brisket, which they tragically could not accept. The restaurant has been closed for repairs, estimated to be around $350,000, since then.

When the reopening was announced for Tuesday, November 21, everyone from the The Austin Fire Department to Lone Star beer sending congratulations. The restaurant also thanked their hardworking crew who made it happen.

The line for the re-opening formed at 2 a.m., with Victor Larisma from Houston who, according to a story on KVUE, finished work in Houston and drove directly to Franklin Barbecue, despite the fact that he’d never tried it before. After being unable to find a flight, Los Angeles pitmaster Ray Ramirez drove in for the reopening, Instagramming the whole trip.

The new Franklin Barbecue isn’t in full force yet. Since pit space is limited, Franklin will be cooking 75 briskets daily instead of 120 and 40 racks of ribs instead of 70. Still, it’s good to have the master back at his home base.

The sign bearing the good news
The sign bearing the good news
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Humans were not the only ones excited
Humans were not the only ones excited
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The line reached epic proportions, wrapping around the block
The line reached epic proportions, wrapping around the block
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Aaron Franklin watches as the crowd grows
Aaron Franklin watches as the crowd grows
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The inside of the new Franklin Barbecue
The inside of the new Franklin Barbecue
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The minimalist interior should look familiar
The minimalist interior should look familiar
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Aaron Franklin ensuring there are no stray embers
Aaron Franklin ensuring there are no stray embers
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Victor Larisma from Houston was first in line Courtney Pierce
The return of the smoked meat Courtney Pierce
The dining room was soon filled Courtney Pierce

The dining room was soon filled

The Meatman approved
The Meatman approved
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Aaron Franklin posed for a photo with first in line Victor Larisma
Aaron Franklin posed for a photo with first in line Victor Larisma
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Franklin Barbecue

900 East 11th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 653-1187 Visit Website
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