Cold Weather Delivery

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

Cold weather means big business for some area restaurants and delivery services.

Papa John’s pizza in South Bend says deliveries have skyrocketed since Saturday, and they've even increased the number of drivers they have on the roads to help get orders out.

Papa John's has made 20% more deliveries this week than a typical week.

“Its just a little bit more wet, slippery and a little bit more time consuming but its been good, its definitely been good,” says store manager Claudia Cochran.

Diners who are looking for something other than the standard pizza or Chinese delivery are calling Dine in Delivery., “We can get you Krispy Kreme donuts to wings to steak to oriental food,” says manager Larry LaPerriere.

Managers there say calls have increased 25 percent this week, once again citing slippery roads and chilly temperatures. “We've been waiting for wintertime. Wintertime is a time that people do not enjoy going outside and so they'd rather order in, and so we've been waiting for this winter to hit, and we've been very busy lately,” LaPerriere adds.

With wintry weather expected to continue into this weekend, Dine in Delivery is expecting the onslaught of calls to continue.

Managers say feelings are mixed about this weekends forecast. “It’s good in terms of generating business for us, but it’s bad because our drivers can’t get around any faster either,” says LaPerriere.

Papa John's is factoring Super bowl Sunday into their short term forecast. They anticipate it will be one of their busiest days on record. Store manager, Claudia Cochran says, “When you have two of the best teams in the area that every body loves, that makes for a good pizza eating day.”

They'll have everyone on staff working that day, and they're confident they wont drop the ball.

“We're as good as the mail service, through sleet storm wind and rain were there,” adds Cochran.

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