BUSINESS BEAT: Turlock-area startup caters to those cravings

July 27, 2013 

    alternate text Patty Guerra
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Imagine this: It's 2 a.m. and you have the munchies, but you've had a couple of beers and can't drive.

Or — a scenario far more likely for some of us — you come home exhausted after a long day at work, it's too hot to cook and you just don't have the energy to go out. Oh, and you have the only 5-year-old on this planet who doesn't care for pizza.

MunchRun is here to help.

The food delivery business, which opened earlier this month, operates in the Turlock and Denair areas for now.

Daniel Mendoza, who runs MunchRun, said the idea is pretty simple: People call or email in an order and pay over the phone, and a MunchRun employee delivers food from nearly any area restaurant that offers takeout.

Mendoza said he originally looked into opening a mobile coffee service but the costs and regulations were overwhelming. So he came up with the idea of delivering the food rather than preparing it.

It's a concept that has been around for years in more urban areas but is new here. Mendoza thinks its time has come.

"I do believe we're at a little bit faster pace," he said. "And once we get home, we all like to be catered to."

They will deliver to home, office or even the sidelines of your daughter's soccer game. The charge is $6 per restaurant with a minimum $15 purchase, along with a 15 percent tip.

Mendoza said he's working with area grocery stores and hopes to deliver their goods soon, too.

The service operates from 9 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday. (209) 485-9236 or

Elsewhere around the Business Beat:

Mike's Grillhouse, the new restaurant in development by former Mike's Roadhouse owner Mike Nelson, is hiring. Open interviews are set Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The restaurant is at 3801 Pelandale in Modesto.

More good restaurant news: Skewers Kabob House in downtown Modesto received a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. The award goes to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.

According to information from Skewers, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher (out of a possible five) and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least a year.

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