Faster pasta: Skateboard delivery service being trialled

FASTER PASTA: Gerard Bloxham has been trialling delivering lunch to ChiChi Kitchen customers on his skateboard. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER

A Christchurch restaurant is trialling free lunchtime deliveries using a skateboard – but not pasta certain distance.

ChiChi Kitchen, a pasta restaurant in Boxed Quarter, has started doing the free deliveries from 11.30am-1pm.

Currently, its delivery skateboarder can drop meals off to customers in offices within about three blocks of the St Asaph St premises.

Owner and chef Eugene Chang said the idea came about because safety regulations meant the restaurant could not have more than 20 people inside at once.

“So we thought ‘how can we deliver our food to our customers?’”

Pasta needed to be delivered quickly so it was hot and fresh, and they wanted to deliver for free using non-powered transportation, he said.

“Skateboarding was a cool idea, and no one’s doing a skateboard service.”

But there was one problem.

“Our staff can’t skateboard.”

Luckily, ChiChi Kitchen is next-door to skateboard and clothing store Curb. Mr Chang said he asked owner Gerard Bloxham if he could help.

“It’s two businesses helping each other out,” Mr Bloxham said.

He has a waterproof backpack to keep the food warm and dry and a portable eftpos machine.

Mr Bloxham said he enjoyed doing the deliveries and liked speaking to customers.

Mr Chang said if the service became more popular, ChiChi Kitchen would look at hiring full-time delivery skateboarders.

Customers can order their meals via email with their name, address and phone number.

Mr Chang said ChiChi Kitchen offered pasta with a difference, with flavours from other cultures, including Thai, Japanese, Korean and American.

For more information about the delivery service, visit the ChiChi Kitchen Facebook page.