Chef Shuttle Grows With New Ownership, LaFrance Investment

by Lee Hogan  on Monday, Apr. 28, 2014 3:39 pm  

Wes Kirtley (left), Ryan Herget (middle) and Kyle Crossland (right) became the owners of Chef Shuttle in January. Since the trio, all in their 20s, took over, the local restaurant food delivery company has grown into four markets with more than 50 restaurants. (Photo by Lee Hogan)

The Future

At the moment, the company has partnered with about 35 restaurants in Little Rock, about 15 in the North Little Rock and Sherwood areas, and three in Maumelle, although Herget said Chef Shuttle is focused on bolstering its Maumelle restaurants this week.

For now, residents of the individuals cities can only order food from restaurants within their zones, which are classifed as Little Rock, North Little Rock-Sherwood and Maumelle.

There is work being done to allow residents to order food from different zones. The main concerns include the logistics of trying to keep customers' wait times low and their food hot.

"We've gotten a lot of pressure, lately, to try and deliver between cities, or zones as we call them," Herget said. "That is in the works, and we plan to announce something in the next couple of weeks."

Chef Shuttle has many other future aspirations, which include plans to expand into Benton, Bryant and Conway.

First, the company wants to add more restaurants in its current markets before moving to other ones. Herget says Chef Shuttle hopes to be in the Benton and Bryant area by the end of May, and into Conway by mid-June.

"We're growing fast," Herget says, who says the company is adding about four to five restaurants a week. "We want to keep expanding, and we have a game plan mapped out, but it keeps changing because of the growth."

In addition, bringing a mobile application to customers is something Herget says is a top priority. It's hoped the app can be rolled out in the next few months.

In just a few months, Herget and his partners have been able to create a solid following of customers. It boasts more than 3,800 likes on its Facebook page. Still, it's the future that excites Herget.

"It's been a long journey, we've got a long ways to go and a lot more hours to put in," Herget said. "But just seeing it all come about this way, we're all excited."



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