How food delivery upstarts are fighting the tyranny of Grubhub

“The pandemic really just crushed us,” says Sean Li, cofounder of CaterCow, a platform that partners with restaurants to deliver big batch buffet-like food options primarily to offices and event spaces across eight major U.S. cities. When most nonessential businesses shut their doors in mid-March and people started working from their living rooms, Li says he […]

132-Year-Old Deli Katz’s Launches Its Own Delivery Service, Sidestepping Third-Party Apps

NYC institution Katz’s has launched its own local delivery service this week, eschewing third-party sites like Grubhub and Uber Eats, Bowery Boogie reports. Diners are now able to find Katz’s familiar menu, including its wildly popular pastrami sandwich, the rueben, potato latkes, and matzoh ball soup, available on the restaurant’s website to order directly for delivery across the […]

Chowbus Nabs Eight-Figure Investment for Asian Food Delivery

Now that meal delivery has expanded far beyond the urban markets that fueled the industry’s growth the last decade, some delivery providers are differentiating themselves with a more selective roster of restaurants. First came Slice, which focuses exclusively on pizza restaurants, and now Chowbus, which just received a $33 million investment to bring its curated […]

New app aims to be a more appetizing delivery solution for restaurants

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, food delivery companies have been criticized for the large fees they charge restaurants as more people stay home and opt for delivery options. But GoLogic Solutions, a Chicago startup building a delivery SaaS platform, wants to address restaurant owners’ complaints. GoLogic, founded in 2016 by Patrice Darby, is the marker of GoLocal, a small business […]

Dumpling launches to make anyone become their own Instacart

Gig economy companies like to tout the flexibility and freedom they offer workers, but for the people finding work through companies like Instacart, Uber, DoorDash and Lyft, the economic and physical risks can outweigh the rewards. Contractors who are now considered front-line providers of essential services for their wealthier customers in the age of social distancing brought on […]

Local restaurants navigate food delivery — it comes down to cost and service

For some restaurants in Sahuarita and Green Valley, delivery service has become essential to stay afloat. Some are turning to third-party service apps like Postmates or the new, local Foodie Magoo’s, while others are handling deliveries with their own staffs. It all comes down to cost and service.  Using Postmates Denny’s in Sahuarita is signed […]

Restaurant Cooperative Chomps Back at High Delivery Commissions

We’ve written extensively about the local food scene in this space. Late last week we covered the acquisition of GrubHub by JustEat Takeaway and the recent rounds of cash DoorDash and InstaCart raised. One of the great things about our interconnected world is that sometimes a post like last week’s will be read by someone doing something very interesting in […]

ezCater Branches into Solo Workplace Meals

Taking a page from the Foodsby business model, Boston-based ezCater is launching a new service called Relish that it’s billing as a “new way to feed offices of any size” in response to the ongoing pandemic that has decimated the traditional catering market. In describing the new offering, ezCater says Relish “gives employees safe, convenient […] Expands to the Monterey Bay Area

NEW YORK, June 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —, a leading destination for online ordering today announced that Doorbell Dining has joined the network. Doorbell Dining, which serves the Monterey, Salinas and Santa Cruz areas, will now be available exclusively through the website and app. The current Doorbell Dining management and teams will remain local to leverage their roots. The team is proud to take a […]

Easi rider: The food delivery minnow taking on the giants

Food delivery platform Easi is turning up the heat on global rivals Uber Eats, Deliveroo, DoorDash and Menulog, with the Melbourne-based business’ global customer base ticking past a million users despite the coronavirus pandemic. Easi’s distinctive square yellow delivery boxes are a familiar sight in inner city areas but the inner workings of the platform, started […]