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East Austin bar Nickel City donating portion of weekend proceeds to Franklin Barbecue staff

Matthew Odam
modam@statesman.com

In a solid gesture of neighborly kindness and industry support, East Austin bar Nickel Cityannounced this morning that they would donate $2 of every Old Fashioned sold this weekend to help pay Franklin Barbecue staff. The fire that destroyed much of the smokehouse at the iconic barbecue restaurant will keep the restaurant dark for at least several weeks, Aaron Franklin estimated, so this move by a fellow East 11th Street business will undoubtedly be welcome news to the staff at Franklin. Nickel City, a whiskey-loving bar from Via 313 Pizza owners Zane and Brandon Hunt, Javelina owner Craig Primozich and  former Vox Table bar manager Travis Tober, opened in July in the former Longbranch Inn space.

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