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New locally grown on-demand food app launches in Sacramento
Looking for new dining options in Sacramento? Well, there’s now an app for that.
ExtraPlate, a locally designed app that acts as the middleman between local food purveyors and hungry citizens, quietly launched last month. Sellers range from food trucks to home chefs, and from caterers to farmers, all in charge of their own menus, prices, hours, prep time and delivery options. ExtraPlate is similar to popular on-demand apps like PostMates, but isn't restricted to restaurant food.
“Our concept is really completely different [than other apps],” says ExtraPlate co-founder Grant Rosenquist. “It acts as an on-demand marketplace—from two blocks away to 20 miles away.”
Customers can open the app and can see available sellers in the area or filter by searching for specific food categories or dishes. Some local options in Sacramento include pulled pork sandwiches from food truck Drewski’s Hot Rod Kitchen, homemade Thai cuisine or desserts like mango upside-down cakes. After ordering, customers pay for the item and receive an estimated food-ready time to pick it up or have it delivered.
Rosenquist says the idea came from understanding that people seek both convenience and plentiful options when it comes to their food. Though he and his partners considered opening ExtraPlate in the Bay Area’s tech hub, they chose to launch in the capital city and now also have users in surrounding cities like Folsom, Roseville, Auburn and Davis.
“We have a lot of love for Sacramento,” Rosenquist says. “[Sacramentans] are community-centric.” Though they have local roots, the tech venture also has posts in cities like Denver, Portland, Reno, Nashvile and Los Angeles, with eventual hopes to take the system international.
“We hope we can look back one day and say, ‘Do you remember those days when you had to order from a restaurant or cook it yourself?’” Rosenquist says. “This is an evolution that allows a marketplace to exist.”