Third-party delivery companies help keep local eateries afloat


Nearly every restaurant in America has been impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, including here in Central Illinois. Thankfully, a few third-party delivery services have stepped in to help keep these establishments in business. In fact, fast food delivery is such big business these days that Just Eat recently acquired GrubHub for $7.3 billion!

One local chain that has reaped the benefits of delivery is Slim Chickens in Champaign. The chain is in a season of rapid growth–despite the quarantine–with dozens more locations expected to open throughout the Midwest in the next few years.

Slim Chickens opened in 2003 in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with a focus on fresh, delicious food with a southern flair in a fast-casual setting. Guests can always expect fresh chicken tenders and wings cooked to order and served with housemade dipping sauces. With nearly 100 locations open and a fanatical following in 15 U.S. states, as well as international locations in Kuwait and London, the eternally cool brand is an emerging national and international franchise leading the “better chicken” segment with a goal to grow over 600 restaurants over the next decade. Southern hospitality is not just for the South; everyone, everywhere can appreciate honest food to socialize with friends and neighbors. To learn more about the brand, visit

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