Before I get into my idea; I'd like to give y'all a little bit of background on me. I'm from EP. I was born at Providence Memorial. The ORIGINAL Prov.  Had my parents not moved us to SLC, Utah when I was a teen, I would have finished high school at Americas. GO BLAZERS! I spent seventeen years not living here and moved back 4 years ago. I'm a restauranteur through and through. I've worked for multiple concepts from chains to mom and pops and have 15+ years food experience as a GM under my belt. I've spent the last year away from food and doing freelance work and other projects. I currently deliver for Ubereats, Favor and Doordash and run a wedding business. If you go through the posts on my profile you will see I have been posting about helping the service industry and those who work it for years. I've long held the belief that we are severely overworked, underpaid and underappreciated for the work we do. If you are a restauranteur, I salute you!

That being said, I have noticed a reoccurring issue on the To-Go Restaurants and Food Trucks EPTX page.

People are posting wanting to know who is delivering in a certain geographic location of town. Or want to know who is serving a specific type of food. Or want to know what options are available for curbside etc. Additionally, some are complaing about restaurants posting 50+ times a day. With everything going on and how badly businesses are hurting, I have turned a blind eye to the postings; because in my opinion, if a restaurant gets more business RIGHT NOW by posting a million times a day...well more power to them! However, should that behavior continue, I fear we will start to see a decline in membership. (We are at 6,000+ as of this posting). The people of El Paso we have reached, seem to really be liking what the page is doing, and I'd like to expand on that and help out more.

So here it is...the big super secret project. (You're being told this info with the understanding that you will NOT steal it, because that's not Chuco)

I want to create a FREE app for LOCAL restaurants and LOCAL residents to easily find and share info in a free user friendly format.

My thoughts are this:

1) Having all the info on the page AND the app, means that you can find the info anywhere...and probably easier.

2) The info on the app would be categorized via zip code and what kind of food it is i.e. burgers, tacos, seafood etc. and how or where to order. Thus making it easier for people to decide what and where to eat.

3)This is to be a STRICTLY El Paso ONLY app. Meaning only El Paso businesses can be on it.

4)Having the app means that anyone NOT on FB, can access the info from their iOS or Android device and still get the deals.

5)Restaurants can place local only deals on the app available only to locals who have the app. (Right now this would have to be a simple: Customer flashes the app with the deal to the restaurant. The restaurant says ok and honors the deal.) [Perhaps in the future this changes to a points type system where it can be tracked easier]

This would be completely free to everyone at the onset, but sooner than later someone has to cover the bill.

As I mentioned above I'm doing freelance work and am in no position to throw money into this much less keep paying for it so others can have access. So my idea is this, if we can crowd fund this, EVERYONE including businesses and consumers would start out having free access. Once the COVID-19 Crisis goes away, restaurants would need to pay to be on the app (we can make it very affordable) If you as a benefactor will fund part of the cost for the first year and happen to be a restauranteur you would get free access to the app for a full calendar year once the first year is up. Then after that you would get a super steep discount for an additional 3 years. Then we can renegotiate after that.

We are NOT looking to MAKE money doing this, we are just not in a position to eat the cost. 

Doing research the cost for what we need is as little as $100/month up to $500/month. I can only assume paying more gets you a better product and functions, but I don't know that definitively. Anyone with great experience in this subject and that wants to help, please contact me directly.

This app would be similar to Yelp, foursquare or level up. But only available to El Paso Businesses and El Paso residents. (And probably wouldn't include stuff like customer ratings, comments and such)

To begin this app would be ONLY for restaurants, but eventually we would like to include ANY and ALL El Paso businesses who offer deals.

Let's not just SURVIVE 915! LETS THRIVE!

Thanks for listening.

Thanks for helping.

Thanks for supporting local.

Thanks for eating local.

Much love!
Dan and The To-Go Restaurants and Food Trucks Team!


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Daniel Morales 
El Paso, TX
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