Car crashes into Franklin Barbecue wall, leaving hole in dining room

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A car sent cinder blocks flying at Franklin Barbecue early Wednesday morning after the driver crashed through a wall at the popular restaurant and then fled, according to police.

No one has been arrested as of this afternoon but a license plate fell off the Hyundai sedan before the driver drove away, according to a spokeswoman for the Austin Police Department and a restaurant worker.

Benji Jacob, general manager for Franklin, said a cook saw the car backing out of the restaurant’s dining room after he heard a loud crash around 5 a.m.

The vehicle left a large hole — about 6 feet wide and 4 feet tall — but no one was injured, Jacob said.

Employees were able to patch it up and open the restaurant around 11:15 a.m., about 15 minutes later than normal, according to Jacob. It was the first time Franklin has opened late, he said.

“We had about 350 people in line while we were trying to fix that wall,” he said.

Jacob said he was happy the restaurant was able to open for business despite the damage to the building.

“At 5 this morning I thought we might not be able to open the dining room,” he said.” And we’d have a thousand pounds of meat and nowhere to go with it.”

He didn’t know how much it would cost to permanently repair the damage caused by the car.

Police say the incident is under investigation. Check statesman.com for updates.

Restaurant owner Aaron Franklin made an appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Tuesday night to promote his new book. He also announced his PBS show “BBQ with Franklin” will debut in May.

(Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman)

(File photo by Ralph Barrera/American-Statesman)


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