Racine Meal Machine Now Delivering Food From Dozens of Restaurants

Locally owned restaurants and chains hop on the Racine Meal Machine

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There are a lot of times when you don’t feel like cooking, but also don’t feel like going to a restaurant.

You check the delivery menus -- and find pizza, pizza, pizza and pizza.

What’s a hungry resident of Caledonia to do? Now, you can call and have freshly cooked meals from dozens of Racine-area restaurants ranging from Jose’s Blue Sombrero to London Broil to River Run delivered right to your door.

Racine Meal Machine is basically a courier service for food; you call them directly at 262-417-3749 or email them your order, then they call the restaurant, order for you, pick it up, and deliver within the hour. Delivery charges range from $5 to $7 depending on your location, but that may change.

“Restaurants are now calling us wanting to get on our website, want to pay us directly so they can offer free delivery,” said co-owner Andrew Borth of Racine. “The reception was a complete 180 from what we were expecting.”

Their restaurant list includes not only Racine originals like Sticky Rice and Javier’s Cuisine, but also chain restaurants like Olive Garden, Panera, Qdoba and Subway. All the menus are right there on Racine Meal Machine’s website, so you don’t have to search around.

Borth and co-owner Galen Irish started the Racine Meal Machine to make life easier.

“We see this type of business all over the country --  Milwaukee, St. Louis, Minnesota -- but I never really put two and two together until I had kids.  Packing up three kids in a car to go out to eat is not an option as a single father,” Borth said.

Borth and Irish have never owned their own business, but they’re getting a lot of support from restaurants, friends and customers, and it's keeping Irish busy day and night.

“At first we were scared, thinking that restaurant owners would immediately dismiss us, or think we are stealing business,” Borth said. “After a month of running under the radar, word spread so fast it was impossible to stay hidden.”

They’re both enjoying the Racine Meal Machine.

“We talk to customers as if we have known them our whole lives, we joke around, give honest opinions on food,” Borth said. “We just want to provide the type of service that when we see our customers out -- they remember us.”

Chris Wright August 21, 2011 at 06:26 PM
Great idea, but unfortunetly they don't deliver to half of Mt. Pleasant and none of Sturtevant.
Tressa Stein August 21, 2011 at 08:26 PM
Well they DID just open recently. Maybe if restaurants are serious about co-op efforts, which is win-win (esp like applebees, lonestar or OG) They can expand, hire, and increase the area... they just want to make sure they don't bite off more than they can chew (pun intended) I'm sure. and if it starts off with bad reviews and cold food they die. I've been holding off on using them waiting to hear some reviews... this definitely will make me want to use them!
Chris Wright August 21, 2011 at 11:12 PM
I understand they just started. I was just disapointed not to be able to take advantage of the service.
Richard Schaeffer August 22, 2011 at 12:47 AM
I see they don't deliver to Franksville either. Rick Schaeffer
Andrew Borth August 24, 2011 at 01:49 PM
I am not sure if my last comment was posted or not but we WILL deliver to you. For $1 or $2 more dollars(based on how far out we are delivering) we will deliver to you. We already have several regular customers well outside of our delivery area. We have updated the FAQ on our website as well. www.RacineMealMachine.com www.Twitter.com/RacMealMachine www.facebook.com/RacineMealMachine
Andrew Borth August 24, 2011 at 07:20 PM
We do deliver out to Mt. Pleaseant, Sturtavent, and Franksville. There is just an additional $1 added for orders outside of our delivery area. We actually have a large amount of customers out in these areas.
Andrew Borth August 24, 2011 at 07:21 PM
Tressa, I just replied to Chris's post. This is what I shared. We do deliver out to Mt. Pleaseant, Sturtavent, and Franksville. There is just an additional $1 added for orders outside of our delivery area. We actually have a large amount of customers out in these areas.
Chris Wright August 25, 2011 at 12:15 AM
Sounds good. I wasn't sure by looking at the map.
Heather Rayne Geyer August 25, 2011 at 01:20 AM
What a great idea!! Wish I had thought of it!!! Fabulous!!


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