Meals on (Two) Wheels: the math on Hurrier, Toronto’s trendy new bike delivery service

Meals on (Two) Wheels: the math on Hurrier, Toronto’s trendy new bike delivery service

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Hurrier, a start-up launched earlier this summer, has latched onto an intriguing formula: trendy restaurants with no-reservation policies + one-hour delivery = customers willing to part with serious cash. The bike courier service has made exclusive deals with a roster of consistently swamped west-end restaurants, allowing customers across the city to get Burgers Priest burgers and Grand Electric tacos without braving endless lineups—or even leaving the couch. As always, though, convenience comes at a premium. On top of the $4.50 flat fee, Hurrier charges $1.50 per kilometer and a 5 per cent surcharge on all items, which means the average Annex-dweller can expect to pay an extra $10 for door-to-door delivery from Banh Mi Boys on Queen West—about the same price as one-way cab fare to the restaurant. Here’s how the math shakes out in a few different scenarios, plus our verdicts on whether delivery is worth the extra charge.

Scenario #1: Weekday Dinner for One

The Order: A roast pork sandwich with Parmesan from Italian lunch counter Porchetta and Co. on Dundas West
The Destination: Leslieville
The Regular Tab: $8
The Hurrier Tab: $23
The Verdict: Save $15 and get your solo pig fix at Rashers on Queen East

Scenario #2: Group Lunch at the Office

The Order: 10 Priest burgers from Burgers Priest at Queen and Spadina
The Destination: Financial District
The Regular Tab: $113
The Hurrier Tab: $126
The Verdict: The markup on bulk orders doesn’t seem so steep, especially if the whole group shares the delivery fee

Scenario #3: Friday Date Night

The Order: Chips and guac and six mini tacos from Grand Electric at Queen and Brock
The Destination: Little Italy
The Regular Tab: $33.50
The Hurrier Tab: $44
The Verdict: Costly, yes, but we’d probably pay even more to skip the hours-long queue