GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Grand Junction's Food Taxi, a five-month-old restaurant-delivery service, always aims for convenience. And to better serve its growing customer base, it's adding a few new delivery options in time for the holidays."We are offering liquor, wine and beer as part of our delivery services," Food Taxi Owner Sharon Petty said. "We're partnering with Crossroads Wine and Spirits."To be eligible for home delivery, interested customers must pre-register with Crossroads, along with identification and age verification, Petty said. Then, Food Taxi will be able to deliver alcoholic beverages along with food at a customer's convenience."Crossroads Wine and Spirits is happy to be working with the Food Taxi Delivery Service," Crossroads owner Jerry Sica said. "(But) making a delivery of wine, spirits or beer is a little more complex than getting a take out pizza! We must have a photo ID on record and the Food Taxi will have a photo copy of the registration sheet and ask to see the matching ID when it makes a delivery." Another upgrade - online food orders - will soon be up and running. Currently, Food Taxi customers may view participating restaurant menus at www.gjfoodtaxi.com, but all orders must be made over the phone. Petty noted that a new website with order capabilities should be up and running by 2013."For now, people still need to call," Petty noted.Right now, Food Taxi works with 16 local restaurants, and it's always looking to partner with more."We're in the market for a sushi restaurant," Petty added.Steve Danner - who owns Fly'n Roosters in Grand Junction and Clifton - offers his tasty wings and other casual meal options through GJ Food Taxi. He said he definitely would promote working with GJ Food Taxi for its professionalism and quick service. "They take care of what they say they'll do," Danner said. "They fax us an order. Then, they call to verify everything. ... There's lots of follow up. I would absolutely continue to do business with Food Taxi."For added convenience, Petty is also looking into grocery delivery options for those who need regular assistance."Grand Junction folks tell us what they want, and that makes it really easy for growth and development," she said.
To use Food Taxi, all you need to do is call. Delivery from a participating restaurant costs $6.69, on top of food sales, to anywhere in the Grand Valley. Orders may be changed or canceled only within the first five minutes after placement. And upon delivery, a Food Taxi driver always appreciates a tip."It's the same menu prices," Petty added.On top of general meal delivery, Food Taxi has also seen growth as a catering alternative for holiday parties this year."If you give us a budget for a party, we can determine what your best options are," Petty said.Food Taxi's party planning doesn't include wait staff, however.Food Taxi services are offered Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Sundays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.For more information, call 970-241-1904 or visit www.gjfoodtaxi.com.