Temps Drives Business For Those Who Offer Hot Food, Home Delivery
Inside Zoup, soup is a hot seller.
"Every degree in drop in temperature, our sales go up at least a percent," says owner Treva Weaver.
The Westerville's stores biggest seller - lobster bisque.
"In a day, we would sell about eight gallons," she says.
The owners say they could not have asked for a better winter.
"We've had lines out the back door," she says.
She said the colder it is, the more people order something quick to eat and warm up.
Cooks inside China Dynasty on Lane Avenue are busy filling delivery orders because the dine-in crowd is staying home.
"Normally, we would get 50 to 60 carry outs on an average right now we get 70 to 80,” said owner, Jon Ko.
The cold weather has taken a slice out of the dinner crowd inside Planks on the south side.
"We probably get twice the number of deliveries which is very helpful most restaurants don't deliver,” says owner John Plank.
Planks says deliveries have doubled since the snow fell.
He says delivering hot pizza is keeping the restaurants doors open, because the cold is keeping diners away.
"With the deliveries, it keeps the revenue coming in and it keeps us going," said Plank.
So as the cold grip of winter firmly tightens over central Ohio, restaurants that deliver are doing their best to make ends meet.
"You can't control Mother Nature, you just do the best you can and keep going," said Plank.
For now, customers seem to prefer the delivery route.
As prefer getting a hot meal to their front doors, rather than doing battle with below zero wind chills to find warm food.