When small businesses struggled during the pandemic, it highlighted for the nation the economic vulnerability of restaurants. In the midst of this crisis, a digital startup was already positioned to help; a company centered on providing business solutions with the small restaurant owner in mind. Offering an alternative to third party apps like Grubhub that can cut into a small business’s profits, Lunchbox (https://lunchbox.io/) is a collection of modern and creative online ordering solutions for enterprise restaurant chains and ghost kitchens that thinks differently.
At the helm of innovation at Lunchbox is co-founder Andrew Boryk ’17 whose passion for digital business began while he was still a student at Mercy. Boryk, and one of his co-founders, Hadi Rashid, received a spot on the Forbes Magazine 2022 “30 Under 30 List.” Though not his first major startup business, Boryk says he is probably most passionate about this project out of a very personal connection to restaurant ownership: his grandparents, who owned and operated restaurants in New York City for over 40 years. “I always think back to my grandparents and how hard they worked, and it motivates me. When I think about our work at Lunchbox, it’s really about offering the ability and the tools to empower restaurants to have control over their business’ future.”
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