Those craving a burger, barbecue or biscuit but wanting to avoid a trip continue to see their choices expanding in Greater Waco.
An Austin-based on-demand service called Favor has announced it will start serving the local market next month, “providing residents with more delivery options than ever before: Schmaltz’s Sandwiches, Common Grounds coffee, Dr Pepper, even fresh flowers — anything you need — delivered to your door by your own personal delivery assistant,” according to a press release from the company.
Favor clients are not limited to specific dining establishments, and not to just food, according to the press release. Favor is hiring “runners” to make deliveries, with those interested asked to visit apply.favordelivery.com.
The site says runners can make $10 to $18 an hour.
Favor’s app is available from the App Store or Google Play. Founded in 2013, Favor reportedly has made 7 million deliveries to date and has spread to 48 cities across Texas.
Meanwhile, a service called Waitr is celebrating its October move into Waco with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at George’s Restaurant and Bar on Speight Avenue. It now serves 40 restaurants and has delivered 3,800 meals, according to a press release from the company. It was launched in 2015 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and has grown to 3,600 restaurant partners in 150 cities.
“We are exceptionally happy with the success we’re having in Waco,” local operations manager Joe Kessler said . “Restaurant partners say they’ve seen an increase in sales because the app is bringing new customers they would not have otherwise been able to serve.”
Restaurants partnering with the service include Butter My Biscuit, Dubl-R Old Fashioned Hamburgers, Vitek’s, Buzzard Billy’s and George’s Restaurant & Bar. More information is available at waitrapp.com.
Potential Mars growth
The Mars candymaking plant in Waco, which produces Snickers, Skittles and Starburst products, reportedly plans a sizable expansion, though company officials have declined to comment on the project.
Plans showing a 64,000-square-foot addition to the facility at 1001 Texas Central Parkway have arrived at the city of Waco’s inspection services department, supervisor Bobby Horner said. The extra room appears destined for use as warehousing or storage space, Horner said.
Whether that means the facility has been asked to boost production or add a production line remains up in the air. Mars spokesman Anthony Guerrier said in an email the company “has nothing to announce at this time.”
Mars opened its Waco facility in 1976, and it employs about 500 people, according to estimates the company has provided.
The Dwyer Group, a Waco-based franchising powerhouse, already has had much to celebrate with the arrival of 2018.
It opened a three-story, 18,000-square-foot building at 317 Bosque Blvd., adjacent to the corporate headquarters. Dwyer’s executives, accounting and marketing departments, and ProTradeNet division will occupy offices in the new facility.
The $3.2 million project expands the Dwyer Group campus to almost 100,000 square feet of building space on more than a dozen acres.
Meanwhile, 10 of its franchising brands made Entrepreneur magazine’s annual Franchise 500 list, which ranks franchises that represent emerging trends or “heading for growth,” according to a press release.
Making the list were Molly Maid, Glass Doctor, Mr. Rooter, Window Genie, Mr. Handyman International, Rainbow International Restoration & Cleaning, Mr. Appliance, Five Star Painting, The Grounds Guys and Aire Serve, the Dwyer Group reported in an email message.
An information-packed publication called Wacobound, which dotes on downtown, recently published a story about six popular food trucks that have yielded to popular demand and will open brick-and-mortar locations.
The list includes Milo Biscuit Co., which will become Milo All Day at 11th Street and Franklin Avenue; Happy Harvest and Bare Bucha, both bound for 108 N. 25th St.; Honky Tonk Kid BBQ, 300 S. Second Street, behind Fuzzy’s Taco Shop; Westside Pizza Co., 7608 Woodway Drive; Luna Juice Bar, 1516 Austin Ave.; and Cheddar Box, which will operate as The Mac House at 3428 Franklin Ave., according to the story in Wacobound.
Elsewhere on the fork-and-spoon beat, Cracker Barrel reportedly continues to negotiate with Walmart for outparcel space at Interstate 35 and Sun Valley Boulevard, where the Walmart Supercenter opened last year, Hewitt City Manager Adam Miles said. Cracker Barrel also operates one on the I-35 frontage in Lacy Lakeview.
Renovation continues on the former Chili’s building in Parkdale shopping center at Bosque Boulevard and Valley Mills Drive. Bella Luna Italian Bistro is taking the space, “and should be opening in two to three weeks,” said local real estate agent Pat Farrar, who placed Bella Luna in the space.