A fire and explosion causing nearly $300k worth of damage to Red Pony Restaurant caused quite the commotion around 4 a.m. in historic Downtown Franklin this past Saturday. The flames’ intense heat activated two fire extinguishing sprinklers on the second floor, setting the alarm off and dispatching the Franklin Fire Department to the scene.
While the majority of the fire damage happened to the walk-in coolers and private event space located in the rear of the building, water damage was extensive. The cause of the fire is currently still under investigation.
In a recent Facebook post, the Williamson County mainstay for hyperlocal cuisine says no one was hurt and extended gratitude to the Franklin Fire Department. Open since 2006, the restaurant’s space was originally built in 1899. “What was destroyed can be repaired,” the post continued that the space’s restoration timeline will be forthcoming as details are confirmed.
Fundraising plans are underway, as the post also expressed that the Red Pony team is first priority and needs to remain employed concluding, “At this time the best way to show us love is to support our sister restaurants Cork and Cow, and 55 South & to buy gift cards at redponyrestaurant.com. We are so grateful for this community!”