Franklin Barbecue, in Austin, Texas, is finally opening up another location. Sort of.
Texas Monthly reported that the restaurant, which is currently closed for two weeks so their employees can have a summer break, will be opening up a taco truck to serve breakfast tacos and coffee.
News of the truck was confirmed after an editor for Texas Monthly was promted to ask restaurant owner Aaron Franklin about the status of the fan-favorite barbecue joint, after rumors began circulating on Twitter that Franklin Barbecue was closing for good — rumors fueled by a podcast called "Tales From the Pits."
When asked, Franklin dismissed the notion, and instead confirmed that he was working on another location.
“By the end of the year, we’re opening up a taco trailer outside of Franklin,” he said.
Outrage from loyal customers of the restaurant subsequently caused the podcast hosts to apologize for speculating about the restaurant, noting that their statements were opinions, not facts.
Franklin Barbecue is often hailed as one of the best barbecue restaurants in the country, winning the title of Best Barbecue Joint from Texas Monthly and Best Barbecue Joint in America from Bon Appetit.
Aaron Franklin is also working on a steak cookbook, which will be published next year.
Franklin Barbecue re-opens on August 10.