GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) - A new business is rolling through Grand Junction, taking to-go to another level. You might have already seen the Food Taxi riding through the Grand Valley. They've been delivering lunch and dinner for just three weeks now thungry folks who just don't have time to go out to eat, or are sick of the same old pizza delivery.
KKCO 11 News took a ride in the Food Taxi, to see just how this business is helping out local businesses and their customers.
How often do you have time to head out for a bite with the family?
"Busy people that just don't have the time,” says Sean Petty, who owns and operates Food Taxi along with his wife Sharon. "We love to be able to be there at the time that they choose and get them taken care of for that meal."
The Food Taxi is in the business of bringing your favorite local restaurants right to your door, desk, or wherever you eat. And it all started with a bright idea.
"Last year we started talking about the idea of bringing this service to the Grand Valley,” says Petty.
Now, with a full list of participating restaurants, and plenty of hungry customers, they're off and running.
"The very first week we saw a handful of orders, the second week the orders doubled or tripled,” says Mike Spradlin, owner of Rib City.
Local restaurants like Boston’s and Rib City benefit from the extra marketing.
"They do a real good job of marketing their services and helping us pushes our menu to the public where it’s not been out before,” says Randy Gulden, co-owner of Boston’s.
Customers who know time is money can grab a quick bite easier than ever.
"When we get swamped here at work, it’s just easier. We're able to give them a call,” says customer Stephanie Kyle.
When busy moms like Stephanie need a break from cooking at home, the Food Taxi is just a phone call away to get her five kids fed.
"Even on nights when I’m not home, because of work or I’m busy it’s easy for the kids that I can set it up for them call it in and then they'll deliver it and its all set,” she says.
Spreading the word about a new business can be tough, but the Food Taxi has utilized social media to connect and interact with their customers, that way, they say, they can get to know the people they deliver to, find out what they like, and continue expanding their business.
The Food Taxi already offers delivery for eight restaurants in town, and they say there's really no where in the Grand Valley they won't deliver. Their area ranges from Palisade to Fruita, all the way out to Whitewater.
They've also put out a Grand Valley dining guide, with full menus for each of their participating restaurants. The print versions can be found throughout town, or you can find their online guide at GJFoodTaxi.com
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