Driver in Franklin BBQ hit-and-run leaves behind license plate

The damage from a hit and run driver at Franklin's BBQ. (Courtesy: @franklinbbq)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A driver who crashed into Franklin BBQ early Wednesday morning wasn’t going to stick around for some barbecue. According to Austin police, a driver ran into the side of the business around 5:30 a.m., then backed up and drove away.

A section of wall is patched up where a car hit the building.
A section of wall is patched up where a car hit the building.

“It was really scary to have a line of 300 people and have a big hole in the dining room,” said Benji Jacob, general manager. “We have a lot of meat. It’s about $7,000 worth of food that we wouldn’t be able to serve.”

No one was injured in the crash, and the restaurant opened just a few minutes later than usual on Wednesday morning.

“We opened 10 minutes late today, it’s the first time in our history,” said Jacob. “Always a first I guess.”

While the driver didn’t stay for lunch, he left behind a license plate, which the restaurant hopes will help police. Loyal customers were relieved the iconic barbecue spot was able to serve them after hours of waiting.

“I want to come back next week!” said Denise Herrera, who drove from San Antonio. “I mean, I’ve never had beans like this before! The potato salad is amazing, coleslaw great.”

“Just another story when you’re waiting four hours to eat, I guess!” said Jacob.

In a tweet, the owner of the restaurant posted a photograph of the damage. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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