NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - There's a new business in Nacogdoches and soon to open in Lufkin. Owners say, instead of you going to them, they'll come to you.
The service is provided by MenuRunners, a franchise delivery service that is popping up all over East Texas.
"We're the tenth location that we brought online in the last couple of months, but we have a presence throughout Texas which is about 25," said Ramon Kegler, the Nacogdoches location's franchisee.
Ramon Kegler and his brother Eric Weaver manage the Deep East Texas territory of Nacogdoches, and they will be operating in Lufkin as well starting December 13.
"The delivery fee is $4.99, and we go 7 miles outside the city limits, and the delivery fee is the same," Weaver said.
The fee stands, even for group orders from the same restaurant. Online orders start the process.
"Open up restaurants. And these are the restaurants we have available in Nacogdoches at the present time.," Kegler said. "At that point, if you want some chips and queso, you grab chips and queso, enter your quantity. The food is called in from the dispatch."
Then drivers go to the restaurant with the company credit card, pay for the order and make the delivery.
"I think I've had three at once and I just went ahead and put them all up and delivered them all at the same time, so it worked out pretty well," said Kendall Mahar, a delivery driver for MenuRunners.
"If we want something other than, you know, the same Mexican food, or the same pizza or the same sandwiches, we can order from other places that we like in town," said Amanda Ellsworth, a customer.
For now, the MenuRunners operations in Nacogdoches and Lufkin are offering the service free to restaurants. The franchise website reports the corporate goal is to liquidate the portfolio to a larger competitor or company in the future.
Meanwhile, smaller communities can benefit from a service once restricted to only the larger cities.
Kegler and Weaver have plans of expanding MenuRunners to communities between Lufkin and Houston.