North Penn grad launches local online ordering websites
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 LocalBrandsLLC.com, 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 Doylestownmenus.com 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.
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Not only does Doylestownmenus.com 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.”
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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.
Co-founder Jake Wallace in seen at Sweet Spot, a new family restaurant in Doylestown that offers online ordering on Doylestownmenus.com.