Fire destroys famous Austin restaurant
AUSTIN — A fire that officials say was caused by an ember from a barbecue pit severely damaged part of Austin’s renowned Franklin Barbecue early Saturday. Nobody was injured in the blaze.
James Beard Award-winning pitmaster Aaron Franklin said he received a call at 5:37 a.m. alerting him that his restaurant was on fire. He jumped in his truck and headed to the restaurant he and his wife, Stacy, opened at 900 E. 11th St. in 2011. An employee cooking ribs had first noticed the fire and called 911, Franklin said.
The smokehouse, where the fire originated, was almost completely destroyed, though the pits themselves weren’t damaged. Part of the roof caved in, and the walk-in coolers suffered serious damage.