New locally owned food delivery services aims to help struggling Omaha restaurants

2020 was a wild ride for Herbe Sainte co-owner Justin Halbert: “Over the summer it started to rise, we were still on sales but we felt things were changing,” said Halbert. “It got rough again in the fall and slowed down in November and December.” Halbert said sales were down nearly 60 percent at one point in 2020. He hopes a new local meal delivery service, LOCO Omaha, could help his business. “You see local businesses complaining about either the national businesses and the percentages we have to pay about the fact that it is too expensive or too unaffordable to do it alone,” said Brian O’Malley, president of Halbert.LOCO Omaha hopes its new service can help restaurants struggling in the middle of the pandemic. O’Malley said the food delivery service is part of a restaurant cooperative and is for local restaurants only. This service offers lower commission rates for restaurants. “Restaurants have a hard time making ends meet when they pay 15 to 25 percent of their sales to a third-party delivery service,” said O’Malley. “So we wanted to find a way that at the other end of the year all profits made through fees would flow back to our participating restaurants.” The delivery service begins on February 8th. Customers can click here to learn more about how to order.

2020 was a wild ride for Herbe Sainte co-owner Justin Halbert.

“Over the summer it started to increase, we were still in sales, but we felt that things were changing,” said Halbert. “It got rough again in the fall and slowed down in November and December.”

Halbert said sales were down nearly 60 percent at one point in 2020. He hopes a new local food delivery service, LOCO Omaha, could help his business.

“You see local companies complaining either about the national companies and the percentages we have to pay about the fact that it is too expensive or unaffordable to do it alone,” said Halbert.

Brian O’Malley, President of LOCO Omaha, hopes his new service can help restaurants struggling in the midst of the pandemic.

O’Malley said the food delivery service is part of a restaurant cooperative and is for local restaurants only. This service offers lower commission rates for restaurants.

“Restaurants have a hard time making ends meet when they pay 15 to 25 percent of their sales to a third-party delivery service,” said O’Malley. “So we wanted to find a way where, at the other end of the year, any profit made by fees would go to the restaurants we went to.”

The delivery service starts on February 8th. Customers can click here to learn more about ordering.

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