- Associated Press - Sunday, April 20, 2014

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) - Meals with a few mouse clicks - the ability to get local restaurant food online is forthcoming as a Galesburg couple recently launched their new food ordering and delivery service.

EatGburg.com, currently in its beta testing phase, is an online service for customers to view local menus and order Galesburg restaurant food for delivery. It’s operated out of the Bondi Building, 311 E. Main St., Suite 621.

Upon moving here last summer from Chicago, Kyle and Sarah Buffo found the lack of delivery options to be a small yet irksome shortcoming of Galesburg.

“There were a few nights we were at home and the kids were down and we were like, ‘Aw man, I really want a burger right now,’ and we’d go around everywhere and nobody delivered,” Kyle said. “That was a frustration - one of the things in Chicago that was just so easy.”

The entrepreneurial couple eventually decided to bring the dining convenience to the ‘Burg themselves, and so far, they have four local restaurants taking orders for delivery through the website.

C & R’s Smokehouse BBQ, 161 N. Cherry St., is among the short list. Owner Cornelius Stanley said he was initially shocked to hear such a service was so popular in bigger cities.

“It was something different to try,” Stanley said. “I thought we’d give it a shot to give us a little more exposure. … Some people here haven’t heard of us still and we’ve been in business now for three years.”

In addition to providing a service to customers, providing a wider customer base for local restaurants was also a goal.

“It’s going to increase their sales and increase their exposure to a new source of customers,” Sarah said, adding they welcome any restaurant to join in their endeavor.

“It mainly just works like a take-out order,” Kyle said. “They get an order, they prepare it, put it in a box, and our drivers will come pick it up.”

For the duration of the testing phase, the Buffos will be taking orders and making the deliveries themselves, but they already have four to five delivery employees on standby.

Right now, the goal is simply to work out the glitches and get the business running smoothly.

“This is all facilitated and able to happen because of the advances in technology,” Kyle said, “but with setting that up and incorporating all the restaurants, there’s just a lot of kinks we need to work out … that’s what we’re doing now.”

As far as payment, customers enter their credit or debit card information upon ordering.

Sarah explained there’s no up-front cost for restaurants; the expense comes when they make a sale.

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