…Sewell described Chomp as similar to a cooperative in which the 19 restaurant owners each own a piece of the company.
George Etre, who owns four Iowa City restaurants, said it made sense for owners such as him to “cut out the middleman” and invest the money they’d otherwise spend on fees back into their own restaurants and the community.
“At least with OrderUp they had an Iowa City office. They were at least here. When GrubHub took over, they pulled all that out,” said Etre, whose restaurants include Formosa, El Patron, Takanami and Iowa Chop House.