LoCo Co-op Franchising

Band together with the restaurants in your community to form a local delivery co-op that’s independently owned, operated, and controlled. Stop dishing out big slices of your revenue to national third-party delivery companies who don’t know your business. Little by little, companies like GrubHub and Uber Eats are doing to independent restaurants what Amazon did […]

LoCo Knoxville, a local restaurant cooperative, takes a bite out of costly delivery services

Knoxvillians John and Amber Pfohl have a heart for restaurants. As people who have worked in the food service industry and parents who enjoy the convenience of delivery, they knew what they had to do when presented with the opportunity to expand a cooperative food delivery business in their community.  “We ordered delivery during lockdown to help […]

Some restaurants hate delivery apps like Grubhub and Uber Eats. So they’re seeking out alternatives

Free pizza and burger specials Some restaurants are trying to get customers to order directly from them by offering special deals.One example: If you order two pizza pies from one of Motorino’s three NYC locations by phone, you get a third pie for free. Motorino advertised the special online and on its pizza boxes.Customers who […]

Local food delivery company helping restaurants during the pandemic

A local restaurant delivery app is offering free service to businesses trying to stay afloat during the pandemic. CHOMP Delivery is one of Iowa’s unique takeout and delivery services. The dining service delivers to Cedar Rapids, Coralville and Marion. Until the end of January, CHOMP Delivery is teaming up with Loyal to Local Cedar Rapids and will not […]

Cedar Rapids Public Library now offering local delivery through CHOMP

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (Iowa’s News Now) — CHOMP will now be delivering books from the Cedar Rapids Public Library to your door. CHOMP Delivery will be offering the doorstep delivery of holds to homes in the Cedar Rapids area for a small fee. Once you’re notified your holds are available at the Downtown or Ladd library […]

Food service groups offer local alternatives to major delivery apps

Adam Fry had just started exploring third-party delivery services when the coronavirus pandemic upended the business model for his bar in northwest Washington, D.C. Ivy and Coney, a dive bar known for its Detroit and Chicago-style hot dogs, started leaning more heavily on popular delivery app Grubhub once its regular patrons couldn’t safely visit in […]

Food deliveries booming in pandemic while other parts of ‘gig economy’ not in demand

Just like other sectors of the workforce, the “gig economy” hasn’t been able to navigate the coronavirus pandemic unscathed — but some independent contractors are far more in demand than others. Unlike a traditional job that pays a salary and benefits, gig workers are paid by the job — or the “gig” — and leverage […]

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 […]

Lazy Boy owner reflects on eight years of Iowa City eats

Millennials are ordering their dinner through apps. Elizabeth Keatinge has more. Before the rise and fall of OrderUp in Iowa City, before GrubHub, Chomp and Uber Eats, Jermaine Ramsey was here. For almost a decade, he’s been the local business ahead of the curve and outlasting the competition. His desk is the dashboard of his truck, his […]

Restaurants ask customers to use in-house delivery to support locals

Monica’s (Photo: Special to PC Media) If it wasn’t for delivery and carry out, the popular Coralville restaurant Monica’s would be out of business. “We were saved by take-out and carry-out, even though it’s a fraction of what we normally do,” explained restaurant owner Randy Larson. “About 20% of our sales right now are delivery and […]