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Deep in the heart of Texas, Austin, otherwise known as the “Live Music Capital of the World”, displays a remarkable food scene with an equally notable group of entrepreneurs changing the way we understand and experience the industry of restaurants. Ranging from financing platforms, food delivery applications, to e-commerce based cuisines, this creative city is a fertile ground for ideas that make food and dining more accessible, enjoyable, and innovative. Here, we are gearing ourselves to take an in-depth look at some of the remarkable companies making their mark in the food and restaurant industry, each calling Austin, Texas their home.
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Founded by Andrew Harris, Johann Moonesinghe, Matt Saeta, and Miles Matthias, inKind is a Certified B Corporation that has reimagined restaurant financing. They purchase large amounts of food and beverage credits upfront, then sell it to consumers, providing immediate cash flow to their clientele – small and medium-sized restaurant businesses. Having worked with 350+ restaurants in the United States and Australia as of 2019, they’ve also developed a successful loyalty product.
A mobile-based food delivery application founded by Ben Doherty and Zac Maurais, Favor makes it quick and easy to order food and groceries from local establishments. It then delivers it right to your doorstep, bridging the gap between your cravings and your kitchen.
Leon Chen founded Tiff’s Treats in 1999 to bring classic, baked-to-order cookies and brownies to the masses. Operating from Austin, Texas, Tiff’s Treats has become the go-to choice for those looking for tasty baked delicacies.
What began as a mobile taco stand by founder Michael Rypka, has now grown to more than 46 locations across three states. Today, Torchy’s Tacos continues to serve damn good tacos, much to the delight of its loyal fan base.
Founded by Bradley Radoff and Martin Berson, Snap Kitchen has been serving consciously crafted takeaway food since 2010. They aim to educate their guests and provide healthy, chef-driven creations.
Ranch Hand, a food and beverage startup by founders Brian Murphy and Quentin Cantu, takes pride in providing clean ingredients, a transparent supply chain, and innovative products.
Co-founders Jagath Santha, Jayant Panchal, Om Panchal, developed Goodybag, an internet company offering a variety of services from CRM, hospitality, loyalty programs to local mobile networking.
ZIKI promotes healthy food choices by ensuring their offerings do not contain any seed oils, canola oils, or vegetable oils, and are completely soy-free.
Your Fare, founded by Christopher Monk and Meghan McNamara, offers an online ordering management platform that provides restaurateurs the capability to consolidate online orders and manage third party deliveries.
Adam Karren, Bryan Jackson, Zachary Casler came together to form Dindr, the first mobile application designed to help people set up real-time dates at local cafes, restaurants, and bars based on common factors such as location, food tastes, and interests.
A digital, takeout and delivery restaurant co-founded by Angell Tsang, Eunice Tsang, Gabe Ahn, Gavin Booth, Tso streamlines the preparation and delivery of authentic Chinese-American cuisine, right from its central kitchen.