Holiday Inn ‘detainees’ go Waiters-on-Go

Turns out one of the biggest customers of Waiters On The Go, the new restaurant-food delivery service in our rural county, is people who are staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Grass Valley, according to my sources.

One of their favorites is the pizza pies at Lefty’s Grill in Nevada City.

I always thought it was a bad idea for the Holiday Inn not to provide any on-site food service beyond a vending machine. The hotel relies on catering from the Holbrooke Hotel, but that’s it. (And you know what tough times the Holbrooke has been going through).

Short of walking across the street to Villa Venezia, a good choice, or into town, the Holiday Inn guests are turning to the handout flyers from Waiters on the Go.

It’s only $10 (plus tip, I hope) beyond what the restaurant menu charges.

With our older demographics, this is a good business model. I’m sure the volume will pick up as we keep getting older, and people can’t drive out as much.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

4 thoughts on “Holiday Inn ‘detainees’ go Waiters-on-Go”

  1. That’s a handy service.

    Image equals just east off the south eastern corner of Angel Island, on port tack towards the same, no? Looks like you are in mid tack over to starboard. Or is that Tahoe, which the slash towards the top of faux Angel Island and vegetation would seem to indicate?

    Happy Sailing!

  2. At the time the hotel was being planned, reviewed and then approved the issue of onsite food serve was descussed a lot.

    Ended up that some of the downtown businesses didn’t want food service at the hotel, they didn’t want competition… thus no food service onsite. These folks on Main and Mill St. got their way, no onsite food service… no competetion.

    This was a big mistake as onsite food service would make the hotel more useful to potential users and would be a better business draw. The hotel is a meeting/conference center and really needs onsite food service to do well.

    Remember when some folks screamed when people raised concerns about the new Walgreens and the proposed project acrosss the street from the now idle Walgreens construction site?

    Some folks (including CABPRO) said competetion is good, that we can’t regulate businesses. Funny some of the same folks saying that are the very ones that worked to stop onsite food service at the new hotel in order to stop competetion on Main and Mill streets.

    Point being… Grass Valley is much more than just Main and Mill Streets. Why does our city cater to these two streets at the expense of the rest of GV? One just needs to look at the last 20 years of spending the City has done and see where the vast majority of the taxpayers improvement money has gone… so what is a special interest?

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