If you were going to make some generalizations about the people who work downtown in San Francisco these days, one choice would be to note the high density of foodies.
From farmer’s market ingredients and artisan products to fresh dishes made from locally grown, seasonal crops carefully prepared by great chefs at affordable prices, the city by the Bay comes pretty close to a food paradise.
The real problem for many people with jobs downtown is time.
“People are in such a hurry much of the time that they sacrifice food quality,” notes entrepreneur Kristopher Schlesser.
Schlesser thinks he has an answer. His startup, Luckybolt, picks up food from some of the best restaurants in the neighborhoods ringing downtown, from the Mission to the Inner Richmond to the Marina, and rushes it to the corner of Market & Beale, where you can pick it up just in time for lunch.
Local favorites including Ike’s Place and Pal’s Takeaway in the Mission, Lucca Delicatessen in the Marina, or food trucks like the Little Green Cyclo and Bacon Bacon are among the 30 food providers currently partnering with Luckybolt.
Luckybolt typically presents options from two of these vendors per weekday, with a range of options including sandwiches, veggie dishes and gluten-free meals.
“It’s all types of cuisines,” says Schlesser. “We are curating the best food the city has to offer.”
The company plans to soon open up a second pickup location downtown, near 555 California (& Kearny), and Schlesser says he has identified seventeen locations in San Francisco alone “where Luckybolt would be welcome.”
Customers sign up with the their email address, add a credit card, and then can order their food online. Luckybolt sends out the daily menu via email by 7 a.m., although based on customer requests, the company soon will send an entire week’s menu so customers can plan which days they want to take a lunch to work vs. ordering from Luckybolt.
“We obsess over food quality and time,” days Schlesser. “The food has to be great and we can’t be late.”
The startup, which has partnered with the Plastic Pollution Coalition to help reduce plastic pollution in the city, orders compostable packaging in bulk and sells it at cost to its restaurant partners as part of its commitment toward that goal.
The company’s “runners” carry the food downtown in insulated cases made in Germany and then stack those cases on a bicycle trailer situated at the pickup location.
Customers show up and pick up their pre-paid lunch; there’s no standing in line.
Luckybolt isn’t exclusively focused on lunch, BTW; it will be offering both breakfasts and dinners (and/or a specially prepared bag of dinner ingredients) to its customers as well.