Third-party food delivery on the rise
Brian Morey of of Door to Door Delivery braves snow and cold weather as he delivers an order from Mint Bistro to the West Side of Manchester on Thursday. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
His new driver, Brian Morey, left his Manchester apartment for work Thursday, but he found he couldn't get in his car.
"All of our locks were frozen," Morey said.
While Correa lets others do the cooking for his 500 Commercial St. company, businesswoman Kasia Lojko is hands-on in the kitchen.
"We started, but around 1 o'clock it was so bad, it took two hours to get back from Bedford," Lojko said. She finished her deliveries the next day.
"If I know it's going to be a snowstorm, I have to go a day early or if I can't go a day earlier, so I have to go the day I cook," Lojko said.
Customers are charged a flat $5.99 fee for Manchester deliveries and $7.99 for orders heading to Bedford, Goffstown and Hooksett.
He averages between 10 and 20 orders a day.
"It's been growing leaps and bounds, especially for our residential customers," he said.
Two Elm Street eateries are fueling the delivery business.
The Gyro Spot generates the most orders, and the Mint Bistro yields the highest total receipts, Correa said.
"The wider the variety, the more orders we get," he said.
Jacci Dale, general manager of the Mint Bistro, called the delivery operation a "fabulous" service.
She said the restaurant fills seven to 10 delivery orders a week, enticing some people to eat at the actual restaurant.
"We've gotten quite a few people who order from Door-to-Door and have never been here and it's huge," she said.
Lojko, meanwhile, started her business in spring 2013 and counts around 30 people who order in a given week.
"We make healthy food," she said. "We use a lot of organic, local ingredients, especially in season."
"It turns out everybody is looking for it because we're doing real well," she said.
Orders must total at least $39 and come with a $5 delivery charge. The business delivers to Manchester, Merrimack, Bedford, Amherst and Hooksett.
"You just have to put in the oven or in the microwave," she said.
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