By Talbert Toole
For students who are constantly rushing from class to class, studying for exams and balancing their schedules, a new startup company is making it easier to grab a bite to eat while managing a hectic schedule.
Beam Lunch, which originated in Oxford, was first tested in Nashville through a partnership with a tech firm, according to founder Bo Petra.
Testing lasted for approximately a year before moving the service to the LOU area and Ole Miss campus, Petra said.
“We always had it in mind to come back to Oxford and actually serve on campus,” he said.
The service would be a convenient option to receive a lunch from an assortment of restaurants in the Oxford community, which would be delivered to the student, Petro said.
Unlike its competitors, Landshark and newly announced Uber Eats that deliver to any location, Beam Lunch is in the process of developing delivery zones.
The zones will be a compilation of buildings, such as the resident halls and the academic buildings, which will have a specific restaurant each day.
Each zone will go through a weekly rotation of restaurants that have partnered with Beam Lunch, Petro said.
Beam Lunch is slated to launch later this month, according to Petro.
The process for future patrons of the lunch service is broken down into three steps:
1. Visit the website
2. Create an account
3. Add your phone number and desired location
Each morning patrons of the service will receive a text message for their specific zone/building which will present that day’s restaurant. The text message will present three different options that the specific zoned restaurant is offering.
Customers can respond with either A, B or C, Petro said. The system works similarly to Uber where it will simply charge your debit or credit card after the response.
Petro has also added specific features to the system. Customers who might leave town for vacation, or any other reason, can log on and turn the notifications off.
For more information or to register for Beam Lunch, visit their website.