Sanibel Delivery offers range of pick up, delivery options
With services like Uber Eats and DoorDash unavailable on the islands and few restaurants offering delivery, a new Sanibel business scheduled to open this week aims to fill the need – plus more.
Sanibel Delivery will open for business on June 6, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony planned for June 5 at 5 p.m. at the Sanibel Grill. The public is invited to come out and enjoy food and drinks.
A frequent visitor since he was a child, new owner David Queisser relocated to the islands full-time about five years ago from Indiana. His aunt and uncle are islanders and own the Lighthouse Cafe.
“I love this island so much,” he said. “This has been my dream to move here for so long.”
When Queisser first moved down, he stayed with his relatives. One day during his first month, his aunt returned from running errands and shopping when she realized she had forgotten to pick up one item. Living near the sanctuary, she had no desire to run back out – into traffic – to get it and he offered to go.
A light bulb went off for Queisser.
He asked his aunt if she would pay someone to pick up the item and deliver it, and how much.
“I would pay anything,” he said she replied. “We need somebody to do that stuff.”
Queisser, who has worked in the service industry his entire life, had owned three different bars in Indiana over the years. He liked being a business owner, but opening an island bar would be costly.
“I knew I wanted to something on my own,” Queisser said of island life.
The conversation with his aunt planted a seed. Sticking with his roots, he became employed in the service industry, most recently working as manager and bartender at the Sanibel Grill. Over the years, Queisser revisited the idea of a delivery business, asking people what they might need or use it for.
“I knew that none of the restaurants really delivered,” he said.
Based on the input, Queisser put together a plan and Sanibel Delivery was born.
“I’m extremely excited,” he said of the launch.
Sanibel Delivery will pick up and drop off take-out orders from restaurants, as well grocery and convenience store items, pet food and supplies, legal documents and run bank errands, pick up flowers, take packages to and from the post office or shipping store, get ice and drinks, and prescriptions.
“It totally depends on what you need,” Queisser said. “The sky’s the limit.”
He will stock a residence before people get into town and even pick up items for donation.
“I’ll pick up stuff to take to the church or the legion,” Queisser said.
Sanibel Delivery does not service Captiva, nor west of Clam Bayou Lane/Pine Tree Drive.
There are a handful of restaurant menus on the website, but that it just to make it easy for ordering.
“It’s everything on Sanibel,” Queisser said of the restaurants that he will pick up from. “I’m looking to add more to it (the menu list) as time goes on.”
The cost for the service is based on mileage, with fees ranging from $6-12 now through August.
“It’s from that restaurant or location to wherever it’s going,” he said. “One way.”
Orders can be placed day of or in advance. For example, a customer would place a take-out order with a restaurant, then contact Sanibel Delivery to pick it up. A donation pick-up could be set a few days out.
Payments can be made online or at the time of delivery; credit cards and cash are accepted.
Sanibel Delivery operates Tuesday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Queisser voiced excitement about being an island business owner.
“Now I get to not only be a part of the island, but I get to become part of it,” he said.
To schedule a delivery, call or text 239-308-5353 for day-of service or email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a delivery in advance.
For more information or questions, contact email@example.com.
People can also visit sanibeldelivery.com or www.facebook.com/sanibeldelivery.
The Sanibel Grill is at 703 Tarpon Bay Road, Sanibel.