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New restaurant delivery service to cover Williston

March 26, 2009

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

A new Champlain Valley business opening next month is hoping to make dinner and lunch delivery a more popular alternative than take-out orders. The food delivery service, MealZip, is scheduled to start delivering food in Williston from a number of area restaurants next month.

Owner Patrick Kompf said his goal is to think beyond standard pizza delivery and help his customers quickly get their favorite lunches and dinners without leaving their homes or offices.

“This is something I’ve been planning for a long time now,” Kompf said. “I do think there is a demand here.”

Kompf said MealZip would kick off its delivery service on April 7.

MealZip will serve Williston, Colchester, Essex and other towns, and deliver food from restaurants located in those communities. Kompf believes he’ll have success in these towns due to the large numbers of offices and businesses located in the area.

Kompf currently has nine restaurants signed up for MealZip and he’s hoping to add many more. Asian Bistro in Williston will be part of the service, as will the Drunken Noodle in Essex Junction.

His focus is on locally owned restaurants, but he’s hoping to convince some national chains, such as Chili’s and Texas Roadhouse, to be part of the business.

Kompf has experience in food delivery. He owns and manages 863-ToGo, which delivers restaurant food around the Burlington area. His said his main customers for that business are college students and city residents.

“It’s been going great,” Kompf said. “And restaurants like the extra business they get.”

863-ToGo has been in business for more than five years and is steadily growing, Kompf said. Hence creating MealZip for outside Burlington, he said.

Kompf also owns, a grocery delivery business for the Champlain Valley, including Williston.

Orders for MealZip can be placed at the business’ Web site, There will be a $3 lunchtime delivery fee for all towns on orders up to $50; orders more than $50 will have free delivery, Kompf said. Dinner delivery fees will range from $3.50 to $5 depending on where an order is going, he added. Kompf said he will also receive a percentage of the bill from the restaurant.

Orders will take 30 to 45 minutes to reach their destinations, Kompf estimates.