Franklin Barbecue, one of the city’s best and most popular places for smoked meats, caught on fire early this morning. The fire began in the pit room at 5:27 a.m., according to KXAN. and spread to second floor of the East 11th Street building, as well as the back.
The room that houses the pits suffered “heavy damage” but firefighters were able to contain the fire, resulting only in smoke damage to the dining room and public portion of the restaurant.
The barbecue spot had planned on being open this morning despite the flash flood watch because of Hurricane Harvey. This post will be updated as more information becomes available. Watch this space for updates.
A fire in our smokehouse this morning has forced us to close. We are not sure when we will reopen but everyone is safe here.— Franklin Barbecue (@FranklinBbq) August 26, 2017
Update, 11:00 a.m.: AFD said the cause of the fire was an accident due to an ember that flew away from the firepit. It estimates that there is $200,000 worth of structural damage and $150,000 of content damage.
Fox 7 reporter Tania Ortega shared a video of the fire at Franklin Barbecue, where the large flames can be seen.
Nearby neighbor Nickel City is donating $2 from every Old Fashioned sold at the bar this weekend to help pay Franklin Barbecue’s staff. Javelina Bar on Rainey Street is donating money raised from its $2 picadillo queso nachos (made with queso intended for the now-canceled Quesoff) to Franklin Barbecue staffers as well.