Restaurant delivery service coming to Jasper

By ALLEN LAMAN
alaman@dcherald.com

JASPER — Ever wanted a Big Mac delivered to your house?

Soon, Jasper residents will be able to steer clear of drive-through and carryout lines and order food from a wide variety of fast food joints — as well as other restaurants — from a burgeoning service.

Food Frogger is a third-party delivery service based out of Washington, Indiana, that partners with local restaurants to deliver their food to customers at home, work, out in farm fields — really anywhere.

“Wherever the customer is,” said Jeff Guimond, a regional sales director with Food Frogger, “we’ll bring the restaurant food to ‘em.”

Though a date has not been set, Guimond said the company will expand its services to Jasper in the coming weeks. Food Frogger currently operates in Washington, Vincennes, Princeton and also brings eats to customers in Florida and Georgia.

“We’ve got expansion plans for basically this entire area all around us,” Guimond added.

Guimond said the company aims to fill a gap for people who use other delivery services — like Uber Eats or Grubhub — while visiting bigger cities and want to have a similar option close to home.

“We focus on small towns,” he said. “So, when we come to town, the folks that have used it are excited about it. They tell everybody about it.”

Some of the Jasper restaurants that plan to partner with Food Frogger include Wings Etc., Denny’s, Grandy’s, Wendy’s, McDonald’s and Yamato Japanese Steakhouse.

“Pretty much all of them will be on board eventually,” Guimond said.

In a followup interview, Guimond said the company’s drivers will deliver food 10 miles from a Jasper restaurant. Eventually, they will cover all of Dubois County, and if everything goes as planned, drivers will operate in the Huntingburg market before the end of the year.

More than customers will benefit from the coverage the new service will provide.

“It’s hard for a restaurant to say no to this service because it’s incremental sales for the restaurants,” Guimond said. “It’s something they’re getting if they don’t have delivery by themselves.”

When up and running in the area, customers will be able to request food on the company’s smartphone app, through its website, or by calling 1-800-617-6321 and speaking to an operator.

“It’s growing by leaps and bounds,” Guimond said of the business. “We’re expanding quickly. We’ll be in 10 cities within the year. We have plans for 50 cities next year. So, it’ll be big. We’re reaching a lot of folks.”

The company is currently searching for delivery drivers to bolster its force as it grows. Those interested in becoming a delivery driver are encouraged to visit foodfrogger.com to apply.

In related news, another third-party delivery company could also set up shop in the area in the near future. A representative from DoorDash, the San Francisco–based on-demand food delivery service, said the company is “always expanding our services to new areas.”

“Currently, I am showing that we do have plans for your city but do not have a set time frame on when we will be available in your area,” they wrote in an online message. “Please keep an eye out on the app for when we are available in Jasper!”




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