A new delivery service is in town, allowing Brandonites the option to skip the dishes and order from local restaurants.
SkipTheDishes, a delivery service connecting hungry people with restaurants, has added Brandon to its growing list of cities available on its website.
The order process is simple — input your address and choose which restaurant you want to order from. The menus are clear and straightforward and so is the checkout process. GPS tracks your delivery driver as well, so you know exactly when to expect them at your door.
Delivery charges range from $1.99 to $4 depending on the restaurant, not including a tip for the driver, which can be added in separately at checkout.
So far, the list of participating restaurants consists of about 10, including Lady of the Lake, Little Italy Pizzeria, Clay Pot Cafe, Wok Box, Five Guys Burgers and Fries and Ken’s Restaurant and Chinese Food.
Sunny Lin, manager of Ken’s Restaurant and Chinese Food, said they haven’t seen a lot of orders through SkipTheDishes yet, but he expects it will pick up and more restaurants will join.
"I think most people don’t know about it, in the big cities it’s popular, but I think it will grow in the future …more people will order," Lin said.
Lin said he sees the partnership as one that will only help the restaurant extend its reach.
"We hope working with SkipTheDishes will bring more orders in for us, and bring in more customers," Lin said. "It’s a new way for customers to order food they like, and order it online. We can work together to prepare our food for a shared customer base."
The company, founded in Saskatoon and headquartered in Winnipeg, was recently sold to London-based company Just Eat for $110 million.
Canada’s growing online food delivery market is estimated to be worth about $2.5 billion a year, according to the news release announcing the purchase. SkipTheDishes was expected to generate revenue of $23.5 million in 2016.
Last December, the Manitoba government gave SkipTheDishes more than $5 million to create jobs in Winnipeg.
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