The delivery service that brings burritos to the homes of Chipotle lovers is back in business after being shut down last year.
Zack Stewart, 35, and Pete Bekos, 36, headed delivermyburrito.com for two days in May, before they shut down the service at the request of Chipotle Mexican Grill.
The two friends are realtors with RE/MAX Connection and have a natural eye for business. They came up with the idea to deliver Chioptle after spending many afternoons waiting in line at the popular restaurant for lunch. After crunching the numbers for a few weeks, the pair decided that the business venture was reasonable.
“You gotta try,” Stewart said. “If you think of an idea, you gotta follow through with it.”
“Deliver my Burrito” opened for the first time on May 7th. Chipotle, worried about customer satisfaction, asked the pair to cease operations by May 9th.
Despite their initial worry, the franchise liked the idea of a delivery service. Chipotle asked for the duo’s buisness plans and entered talks with them. On Sept. 11th the delivery service reopened at 11 Columbus stores. Delivery fees start at $5 for orders under $50. For orders between $50 and $100 the fee is $10; orders over $100 have a $20 delivery fee.
Currently, the service delivers to campus area and limited parts of Columbus. They plan to expand to encompass all of Columbus by the end of the year, and after that to major cities like Cleveland, Cincinnati and Chicago.
Students are both excited and concerned about the idea.
“I love Chipotle,” Ashley Williams, a first-year music major, said.
The $5 delivery fee is “probably a wee bit much, considering it nearly doubles my order,” she said.
While the price may be a turn off for some, other students like Cindy Liu, a first-year student in biology, still think it’s a good idea,
“If it was multiple people [ordering], that would be a good deal,” Liu said.
Stewart promises that “student specials are in the works.”
Ordering is easy — students can register atdelivermyburrito.com, place the order and wait. Ordering can also be done over the phone. The order will end up at a call center where the orders and locations are texted to drivers already in the field.
Delivery takes about 30 minutes, and the service is available between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m.