We ask people in line at Franklin Barbecue – why do you love Austin?

By Cody McCrary

Special to the American-Statesman

Continuing our #WhyAustin series, we went to talk with people waiting in line at Franklin Barbecue to find out what they like about our city. The sunny, warm weather and famous ‘cue had people arriving several hours before the Austin dining destination opened at 11 a.m.


Clarissa Hassfurder had been waiting in line since 9 a.m. with two of her friends and bridesmaids who came to visit. Hassfurder moved to Austin from Indiana two years ago and enjoys the eclectic scene in Austin.


Hassfurder’s friend, Kelsey Worth, was on her second trip to Austin. Worth said she enjoyed Voodoo Doughnuts and that she loves to come visit from Indiana.



The third of the friends, Chelsea Abanathie, who is from Wisconsin, was enjoying soaking up the sun while waiting for her barbecue.



Todd Squire moved to Austin a year and a half ago from Seattle, Wash. Squire said he handles the Texas heat by swimming and enjoying the various outdoor happy hour options around the city.


Cyndi Carter was entertaining visitors from Chicago and said she cannot get enough of the friendly people and great weather since moving to Austin from Dallas two years ago.


Lenny Neslin, who came straight from the airport, luggage in hand, to Franklin Barbecue had visited Austin once before. Neslin, who lives in New York, was in town for a college reunion with three other Austin novices.

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