B's Cracklin’ BBQ owner plans to rebuild after devastating fire

March 06, 2019 - 306 views

‘I’m going to reopen. That’s not a question,’ says owner Bryan Furman

The Atlanta restaurant is closed until further notice, but chef Bryan Furman, who last month was named a semifinalist for a coveted James Beard Award, is determined to get the restaurant up and running as soon as possible.

“I’m going to reopen,” Furman told the AJC. “That’s not a question.”

Furman and his wife, Nikki, opened the location at 2061 Main St. in 2016 after a fire destroyed the first B’s Cracklin’ location in Savannah in June 2015. Pitmasters and chefs from restaurants around the Southeast helped Furman to rebuild in Savannah and encouraged him to branch out into the Atlanta restaurant scene.

The fire started around 2 a.m. Wednesday in the restaurant’s barbecue pit area, according to Atlanta fire officials. Bryan Furman told Channel 2 Action News he woke up to a phone call alerting him to an activated door alarm. When he looked on his surveillance camera feed, he saw smoke filling the eatery.

Furman, who lives nearby, ran to his bedroom window to see flames shooting from the pit house chimney, he said.

The restaurant smokes meat overnight, but according to Furman, the cook wasn’t there when he arrived a few minutes later. He tried to douse the flames with a fire extinguisher before firefighters arrived. They spread too fast.

The blaze proved tough even for fire crews, who were ordered out of the structure because the roof was collapsing, fire spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford told the news station.

Flames were extinguished just after 6 a.m.

More details here.