A taste of the big city life has come to Bryan in the form of DoorDash.
DoorDash was founded in 2013 by Tony Xu (CEO), Stanley Tang (chief product officer), and Andy Fang (chief technology officer) and allows people to order food online and get it delivered.
The service officially started in Bryan on Monday and includes seven restaurants.
So far, the options are primarily fast food, including Little Caesars Pizza, Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Subway and Arby’s.
Kora Brew House & Wine Bar is the seventh and, so far, final option.
“Right now we currently offer delivery to businesses downtown,” Theresa Maynard, Kora co-owner, said. “We don’t have enough staff to be able to take it to customers who order personally and want it delivered.”
So, when DoorDash contacted them six weeks ago, she said it was a good way to start reaching out to more people with delivery.
Right now, Kora is only offering a limited menu on DoorDash until they see how well it goes.
“We’re just trying to get a feel for what it’s like,” Maynard said. “We got our first DoorDash order (Tuesday) and it was really easy. I think that’s going to allow us to expand.”
She compared the process to ordering a taxi, only for food delivery.
Setting up with DoorDash was also pretty easy, though it did require some time to get the menu up.
She likened it to building a website.
“It was a lengthy process but very worth it,” Maynard said. “We’ll see how it goes.”
Meanwhile, the company sent them a tablet specifically for DoorDash orders and they get a roll of special DoorDash stickers for the order.
On the business end, Maynard said people order something and pay DoorDash which, in turn, pays the restaurant.
“We’re excited to partner with them,” she said. “We’re going to open it up, offer promotions and stuff like that through DoorDash. I think it’s a great opportunity for Bryan to be able to have a delivery service like this in a small town. That’s not always something that can happen.”
If people support it, Maynard said, it will be great for the city.
People interested in being Dashers or business owners interested in partnering with them can sign up online at www.doordash.com.
“DoorDash is proud to launch in Bryan, Ohio, furthering our mission of growing and empowering local economies and making our services as accessible as possible to customers across the country,” a DoorDash spokesperson said in an email. “We look forward to providing merchants with access to the online convenience economy to grow their businesses, connecting customers with their favorite local and national businesses and providing meaningful earning opportunities for Dashers.”