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Start lining up: Iconic Franklin Barbecue sets November reopen date for dining room

A sight to soon return to East Austin, Franklins is opening its doors soon. (CC)

Austin will never feel more like itself come the end of November, as lines will be able to once again form around the block of Franklin Barbecue.


The acclaimed barbecue restaurant, recently named in Texas Monthly's top BBQ joints list, is opening its dining room for the first time since the onset of the pandemic on Nov. 23. So grab your folding chairs and arrive before you're even hungry because you can expect there to be an hours-long wait, just like pre-pandemic times.

Franklin's opened in 2009, becoming a world-renowned destination for good Texas barbecue. Long lines around the block on East 11th Street were the norm until the pandemic hit and the pitmasters decided to close their dining room, opting for curbside only.

It had originally planned to reopen its doors in August but postponed after a summer surge of COVID cases and hospitalizations.

In preparation of its reopening day, Franklin will be closed on Nov. 21.

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