North Penn grad launches lo­cal on­line or­der­ing web­sites

North Penn Life - - Front Page - By Jen­nifer Con­nor jcon­nor@mont­gomerynews. com

Group de­ci­sions over where to eat, es­pe­cially when friends are vis­it­ing town, can be over­whelm­ing — es­pe­cially when plac­ing a de­liv­ery or take­out or­der when no one wants to (or can af­ford to) fully foot the bill.

Lo­cal en­trepreneurs Jake Wal­lace and Chuck Hall, both of Doylestown, re­cently launched Lo­calBrand­, an on­line-or­der­ing web­site that com­bines all lo­cal res­tau­rant in­for­ma­tion in one place to help with these com­pli­ca­tions.

“One Fri­day, a group of friends and I were try­ing to de­cide where to eat,” Wal­lace, a North Penn Class of ’01 grad­u­ate, said. “All I had was a junk drawer full of menus to of­fer them. A web­site would be so much more con­ve­nient.”

Wal­lace, for­merly of North Wales, moved to Doylestown Bor­ough in 2004. He is now within walk­ing dis­tance of most down­town restau­rants, which is why he is de­vel­op­ing Doylestown­ firsW.

On Doylestown­menus. com, cus­tomers can place pickup and de­liv­ery or­ders that are sent di­rectly to the res­tau­rant of their choice.

The web­sites also of­fer a group or­der­ing op­tion that al­lows sev­eral mem­bers of a party to pay sep­a­rately with debit or credit cards for the same or­der.

“)or Dn oI­fiFH orGHr, some­one can cre­ate a group or­der link and email it around to any­one who would like to be in­cluded,” Wal­lace said.

Wal­lace be­lieves the site bHnH­fiWs DOO pDrWLHs — Fus­tomers can take their time choos­ing meal items while res­tau­rant staff can fo­cus on their main re­spon­si­bil­i­ties of pre­par­ing food and cus­tomer in­ter­ac­tion.

Not only does Doylestown­ of­fer on­line or­der­ing op­tions but it also pro- vides the res­tau­rant’s ad­dress and links to its on­line menu.

“Let’s be hon­est. Doylestown al­ways had an is­sue with park­ing,” Wal­lace said. “This way peo­ple can browse the res­tau­rant se­lec­tions be­fore they head into town, giv­ing them clear di­rec­tion.”

Wal­lace and his busi­ness part­ner Hall pur­chased the web­site do­main names Lans­dale­, Buckscoun­ty­menus. com and mont­gomerycoun­ty­, among oth­ers and plan to grow these sites to make it easy for lo­cals and vLsLWors Wo finG DOO WhH rHsWDu­rant in­for­ma­tion they need in one place.

“It doesn’t cost the res­tau­rant any­thing to be listed on our site,” Wal­lace said. “We hopH firsW Wo bH D sourFH Ior OoFDOs Wo finG WhH LnIorPDWLon they need.”

Wal­lace said he also would like to see the site used for vis­i­tors to the area.

“For ex­am­ple, if your friends are com­ing into town, you can send them the link be­fore and they can de­cide where they would like to go,” Wal­lace said.

It also al­lows vis­i­tors with­out ties to lo­cal res­i­dents to re­view restau­rants be­fore they come and truly find what they are look­ing for, Wal­lace added.

Lans­dale­menus. com is the next site Wal­lace hopes to de­velop. He en­cour­ages restau­rants in the area to reach out to him to learn more about the site.

Wal­lace can be reached at jake@Lo­calBrand­sLLC. com, 267-V35-V0V1 or on Twit­ter @Doylestown­Menus.

Life staff photo by JEN­NIFER CON­NOR

Co-founder Jake Wal­lace in seen at Sweet Spot, a new fam­ily res­tau­rant in Doylestown that of­fers on­line or­der­ing on Doylestown­

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