DoorDash is a San Francisco-headquartered online food ordering and food delivery platform. The company was founded in January 2013 by Tony Xu, Stanley Tang, Andy Fang, and Evan Moore at Stanford University. The company was originally called Palo Alto Delivery and became popular among Stanford University students.
In the summer of 2013, the company received $120,000 in seed money from Y Combinator in exchange for a 7 percent stake in the company. The company officially changed its name to DoorDash in 2015. On December 9, 2020, the company became a public company via an initial public offering, raising $3.37 billion.
DoorDash Kitchen is the company's ghost kitchen concept. In October 2019, DoorDash opened its first shared commissary kitchen, DoorDash Kitchen, in Redwood City, California. DoorDash Kitchen takes on the infrastructure build-out and permitting responsibilities and co-designs the space with each merchant. These kitchens open up new delivery options of Bay Areas brands to customers living in nearby neighborhoods.
In November 2020, DoorDash announced the opening of its first physical restaurant location, partnering up with Bay Area restaurant Burma Bites to offer delivery and pick-up orders.
In May 2022, DoorDash opened its first rent-kitchen on the east coast, with a combination dine-in/delivery concept space in Brooklyn. This location is a “delivery-forward food hall” with rental space to five restaurants: DOMODOMO, Kings Co Imperial, Pies ‘n’ Thighs, moonbowls, and Little Caesars. The products of two local favorites, Birch Coffee and Milk Bar, are also be featured.
In August 2020, DoorDash announced the launch of a series of ghost convenience stores. These stores are delivery-only, physical fulfillment centers for convenience, grocery, pet supply, and restaurant items, and the products are curated by DoorDash. Dashmart locations include the following:
- Baltimore, MD
- Chicago, IL
- Cincinnati, OH
- Columbus, OH
- Concord, CA
- Dallas, TX
- Denver, CO
- Fort Wayne, IN
- Minneapolis, MN
- Sacramento, CA
- Salt Lake City, UT
- San Diego, CA
- Redwood City, CA
- Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Long Island in the state of New York
In April 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, DoorDash offered gloves and bottles of hand sanitizer at no charge to its delivery drivers. The company also changed its default drop-off option to contactless delivery. Later that same year, in October 2020, DoorDash launched its "Reopen for Delivery" program to have restaurants that have closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic partner with local ghost kitchen operators to offer food delivery and pick-up-only service.
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