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To-go window coming to Franklin Barbecue?

Matthew Odam

Franklin Barbecue (900 E 11th St.) has taken initial steps to expand their operation on East 11th Street. The titans of smoked meat have applied for a change in zoning that would allow them to build a structure that could serve as food commissary, smokehouse and office space. The size of the dining room would not increase but co-owner Stacy Franklin says the new space would allow for greater food production and a to-go window. What does that mean for barbecue lovers? Likely shorter lines, as people would have the choice whether to stand in the dine-in or to-go line.

Franklin needs three amendments (a zoning change, an amendment to the neighborhood conservation combining district and an amendment to the Urban Renewal Plan) before going forward. All of those steps would require a signing-off by the neighborhood association. Linda Johnston, an architect working with Stacy and Aaron Franklin, says that it is hard to predict a timeline on the changes, but that the best-case scenario could mean that Franklin might be able to start construction in November at the earliest.