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Update: Franklin Barbecue Bans Single Line Waiters for Groups

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One person for one order.

Franklin Barbecue
Franklin Barbecue
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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.

Franklin Barbecue posted its line policy on Twitter after the world discovered BBQ Fast Pass, 13-year-old Desmond’s business venture to help people avoid the long morning wait. It's a one-for-one exchange: only a single person can wait for another individual to place one order. That person cannot exchange his or her place in line for a group of two or more people, or order for more than one person.

Desmond launched BBQ Fast Pass in February to raise money for a car. He also donates 5% of his fee to Austin Dog Rescue. He is all booked for June, according to his Twitter.

On people using Favor to wait in line, Aaron Franklin told Eater in March 2014, "Anybody can do anything they want. Who am I to say it's weird or wrong to do anything. That said, I wouldn't do it. If I'm going to go to a place, I'm going to get the full experience. But you can't tell people what to do."

As the current policy stands, if Desmond follows the rules and only picks single party clients, he’s in the clear. Remember there’s always a way to skip the Franklin line: ordering ahead.

Update, June 9, 4 p.m.: BBQ Fast Pass's Desmond posted on Twitter yesterday that he will follow Franklin's new rule.

Franklin Barbecue

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