South City Cyclists Present: South Grand Delivered
One of the benefits of living on South Grand is easy access to a host of international cuisines, all a few short minutes from your doorstep. But sometimes, say when you're mired in a losing battle with your Netflix Instant queue, you're just too lazy to hunt and gather sustenance on your own, but that's okay, because South Grand Delivered will do it for you.
The bike delivery service was started by friends and avid bikers Andy Heaslet and Evenn Moore. They first kicked around the idea in the summer of 2010, and got their business off the ground in November, delivering pies for St. Louis National Pizza. The concept is simple: for $5, a rider will pick up your takeaway and deliver it, provided you live in the general Tower Grove area. (They deliver between Chippewa St. to the south, Jefferson Ave. to the east, Russell/Shaw to the north and Kingshighway Blvd. to the west)
The service is pollution- and guilt-free, since you're not idling in a drive-thru, and laziness approved since you don't have to leave the house. Plus you only have to make one phone call--the restaurant takes care of contacting South Grand Delivered. The rider gets $3 of your delivery fee, and South Grand Delivered gets $2, unless you're a stingy bastard who doesn't tip; then the riders gets $4 for her trouble and the business gets $1. But riders work for tips, and trust us, you don't want beef with the bike mafia.
Currently, they deliver from St. Louis National Pizza, The Vine, Al Waha and Wei Hong, but they hope to one day expand to all the restaurants on the South Grand strip. Evenn Moore said that City Diner recently ordered from Natty's Pizza because they wanted to check out South Grand Delivered's service.
"We've just started out, and people in the industry say our numbers are really good. We really want to run for City Diner," Moore said, adding that they're hoping to add the infamous eatery as well as Cafe Mochi, Mokabe's and Mangia. "Those are our goals, to get those four over the summer. No one has told us no, which is good."
Moore said business is good, but nights can be hit or miss. On a Thursday three hours into a shift, Moore hadn't had any runs, but said that his partner Heaslet recently did two deliveries while the tornado sirens were going.
"The rain is great, Andy did two runs while that tornado destroyed the airport. As far as working with someone goes, he set the bar really high," said Moore.