It's Sunday night and you're alone in your dorm room, too hungry to do homework and too lazy to cook. In your food-deprived delirium, you're struck with a vision of the city's best ramen being delivered to your door by a gravelly voiced biker named SK.
You're not dreaming.
On Thursday, Unideli, United Noodles' in-store restaurant, will launch its new bicycle delivery service in Seward, Longfellow, and around the University of Minnesota.
"This is a really bike-friendly city, and not a lot of restaurants use bike delivery services, even though it's extremely popular and we have a lot of bike accessibility," Unideli's assistant manager Sophear Ek says. "I think this is really picking up and we just wanted to be part of the beginning of it."
The delivery option will be available Thursday through Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m., beyond Unideli and United Noodle's normal operating hours.
"We are expanding our hours of operation a little bit for this, but we'll be a smaller operation when we do run delivery -- it will just be one or two people," Ek says.
For the trial run of its bicycle delivery service, Unideli will offer its five most popular ramen varieties -- including Miso, Tonkotsu, Tonkotsu Black, Shoyu, and Tantanmen -- in addition to six Joia soda flavors. If your favorite Unideli dish isn't on the list, don't panic: If all goes according to plan, menu options, delivery areas, and operation times may expand in the near future.
The delivery component is being handled by Rock ★ It, the Twin Cities' only exclusively bike-based delivery company, owned by Ayo Collins, Nick Gibbons, Chris Graham, and Ben "SK" Davies. The collaborative company delivers for Glam Doll Donuts, French Meadow Cafe, and Amazing Thailand, among others. If you're in need of an emergency supply of cayenne or candy, Rock-It also does home and business deliveries between designated zones for $8-$12.
But how will ramen fare on the back of a bicycle? Ek assures us that the delivery setup is mess-free.
"We wouldn't do it much different than how we would package ramen to go. The broth goes in a separate container from the toppings and the noodles. That way when it arrives to the customer, it's fresh," she says.
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