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BBQ Fast Pass Changes Gears to ATX Fast Pass

Now any place with a line is fair game.

Desmond Roldan waiting in line at Franklin earlier this year.
Desmond Roldan waiting in line at Franklin earlier this year.
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Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

In light of Franklin Barbecue’s recent line holder ban, Desmond Roldan, the middle school student behind the defunct BBQ Fast Pass, is changing gears with ATX Fast Pass. He will now wait in any sort of line, whether it be barbecue, doughnuts, or sneakers (which was his original concept), for his customers. "Franklin Barbecue’s not the only place with a line," Roldan told Eater.

Already, he has waited for La Barbecue and Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ. He plans on waiting in the inevitable line for Voodoo Doughnut this weekend during its opening. For the first week, he will be donating his profits back to the Austin Dog Rescue. Pricing for his service will depend on the amount of time he’ll spend in the line, but it will be less than the Franklin Barbecue structure.

Roland launched BBQ Fast Pass, where he would wait in Franklin Barbecue's long lines for his customers, in March with the goal of saving up for a car and became an immediate sensation. Franklin Barbecue issued a professional line holder ban earlier this month, saying, "We owe it to the rest of our faithful customers to not allow the distraction."

Valentina's Tex Mex BBQ [Relocated]

7612 Brodie Lane, Austin, TX 78745 (512) 363-8520 Visit Website

Franklin Barbecue

900 East 11th Street, , TX 78702 (512) 653-1187 Visit Website

Voodoo Doughnut

3715 Washington Avenue, , TX 77007 (346) 802-3138 Visit Website

La Barbecue

1906 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702, USA