D.C. Startup Delivers Hot, $6 Lunch To Your Office
LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Hot, healthy, fast and cheap.
Those are the principles behind MunchQuick, a company that launched June 30 in D.C. and is looking to show District foodies that high quality meals don’t have to be expensive, and that cheap takeout isn’t the only thing that can curb appetites quickly.
The Alexandria-based company’s chefs make two entrees (one is always vegetarian), one appetizer-sized plate and one dessert daily, CEO Asad Yusupov says.
Examples include San Pedro beef ravioli, summer berry avocado salad, buffalo chicken samosas and coconut chocolate bars.
The chief culinary officer is Yusupov’s mom, Muslima Yusupov.
“Working with her has actually made me appreciate the amount of work she has put in, not just in MunchQuick, but throughout my life,” he says.
Menus are made weeks in advance, and each day’s dishes are made in bulk, which keeps costs down. Another money-saver is the fact that MunchQuick doesn’t have a traditional retail space — it operates out of a commercial kitchen. And it only delivers during peak lunch hours — 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Everything costs between $3 and $6, and there are no delivery fees. Delivery time has been averaging about 11 minutes, according to Yusupov, but if it takes more than 20, it’s free.
While he and the rest of the MunchQuick team are from the area, there are other reasons they chose the nation’s capital to launch their business, he says.
“D.C. is so welcoming when it comes to new, fresh ideas… and the food scene here is exploding.”
And locals have been receptive to the business model, if the fact that MunchQuick has sold out of meals every day is any indication.
Right now, the company serves only the 20004, 20005, 20006, 20036 and 20062 zip codes, but they hope to expand soon.