Famed barbecue joint Franklin Barbecue is closing its dining room in response to the global novel coronavirus pandemic, as reported by Austin 360. This gets rid of that infamously long line at the 900 East 11th Street restaurant, which aligns with social distancing suggestions which will help lessen the spread of COVID-19.
Instead, the Central East Austin restaurant will offer only curbside pickups starting on Tuesday, March 17. These barbecue orders will be placed online. It’s unclear whether or not there are price and/or weight minimums per every order. Preorders aren’t available at this time.
In order to help direct people who try to visit the physical restaurant anyway, there will be signs around the property with QR codes leading to the website.
Pitmaster Aaron Franklin will add a delivery option soon, as he told Austin 360. Franklin’s on-site taco/coffee truck will remain closed for now, though the pitmaster will add that menu to its pickup system soon.