MINNEAPOLIS — On a day when getting around town is no picnic, the people in the food delivery business get hit with a double whammy.
More people order in their meals, and it takes longer for the drivers to reach them because of the roads.
That was certainly the case Thursday as another blast of severe winter weather swept into the Twin Cities. Six inches of snow at least, followed by plummeting temperatures.
"It's been crazy, just slippery and wet! And all the traffic. I just drove past a crash on the way here," Brent Mellett, a driver for Bitesquad told KARE as he arrived at Crave in St. Louis Park to pick up his next to-go meal.
Moving that chow takes a lot of know-how, and timing is crucial. The food needs to be hot when Brent picks it up and it needs to stay that way as he completes the next leg of the journey.
"We try to keep it within 10 to 20 minutes, because anything longer than that the food may get cold."
But most of Brent's customers seemed to understand the predicament. Especially when they open the door for him and feel the cold air and icy snow.
"They realize when I get there they don't want to go out in this stuff either, so they're happy to get their food!"
Groceries on the Go
Thursday was also a daunting day for those in the grocery delivery business.
"Obviously the conditions are pretty rough out here," Dave Hartmann of Coburn's Delivers told KARE.
"The good news is that we’re very experienced, we’re used to this. We’ve been doing this for 10 years."
Hartmann said that on days with near blizzard conditions drivers will team up if necessary to help each other finish their delivery routes. And customers are kept in the loop when it comes to any weather-related delays.
"Our customers are very, very understanding, especially in conditions like this and last week when it was 50 below zero windchill!"
Veteran delivery driver Randy Saatzer said it's a matter of being prepared, taking things slow, and keeping a safe following distance. Drivers also need to follow their instincts too when it comes to icy sidewalks and driveways.
But you won't hear Saatzer complain about the winter chill.
"We love it!" Saatzer laughed as snowflakes flew into his face.
"I mean it’s a mess, but there’s nothing you can do about it. So, you just go!"