Restaurants are digging out to keep customers coming in

HAMDEN, Conn — The Nor’easter has not just homeowners digging out but local businesses as well. Outdoor dining has been important to restaurants with limited capacity during the pandemic. The near foot of snow on the ground has them digging out their outdoor seating and finding even more ways to reach customers. “Some people […]

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 […]

Ivy and Coney Owners Introduce Grassroots Delivery Platform DC To-GoGo

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Ivy and Coney had limited experience with pick-up and delivery. If you wanted a Detroit or Chicago-style hot dog paired with a cold beer, you had to order it at the Shaw bar. Owners Chris Powers, Adam Fry, and Josh Saltzman gave Grubhub a test drive, but say the fees involved made for unsustainable business.  Fed up […]

Locally based delivery service aims to keep profits local

DAYTON — A new, locally based delivery service has rolled into the Miami Valley. 937 Delivers serves a similar purpose to DoorDash, UberEats, GrubHub, and other national food delivery services. However, 937 Delivers operates with a different business model. Instead of taking a portion of the cost of customers’ orders, 937 Delivers is a co-op. Its member […]

Can a Delivery App Actually Support Restaurants?

The COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the rise of third-party delivery companies, has been a disaster for independent operators.  David Coomer and Aaron Withers, friends connected in the restaurant industry, have watched it unfold up close. Pre-COVID, independent restaurants could stomach the 30 to 40 percent fees because delivery accounted for a small portion of business. […]

New Lexington food “Delivery Co-Op” hopes to benefit restaurants and consumers

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A new coop is trying to help keep delivery services for restaurants local. It’s called ‘delivery co-op.’ It eliminates a third-party delivery services like Uber eats and offers a full-time job with benefits to people out of work in the service industry. The app is working with Ouita Michel’s restaurants Zim’s […]


NoCo Nosh will soon be delivering to Boulder residents. The independently-run food delivery service will start there on Nov. 12. NoCo Nosh is still signing up restaurants and drivers for the Boulder market. “We are in a period that is very worrisome for restaurants,” said Gleidson Gouvei, a NoCo Nosh co-founder. “Food delivery will be key to […] Launches Beta Service, Aims to End 30% Commission Fees for Restaurants

With delivery and to-go orders essential to most restaurants’ businesses right now, the last few months have seen an influx of tech services that promise to alleviate some of those restaurants’ reliance on third party delivery. The latest is, a San Diego, Calif.-based company that today launched the beta version of its delivery platform. The […]

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 […]

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 […]