Real Food Works has arrived in Center City.
The one-year-old healthy meal subscription service led by tech scene veteran Lucinda Duncalfe moved into a 2,500 square feet space on the outskirts of Chinatown at 13th and Race Streets late last month.
The startup, which delivers mainly plant-based (meaning little to no animal products) meals from local restaurants, moved out of Monetate‘s Conshohocken space last fall and had been in two temporary spaces in West Conshohocken since then. When asked why she decided to move the company into the city, Duncalfe would only say that there was “an event” that required Real Food Works to be in the city. There will be an announcement on that front in one month, she said.
The new office, a former art gallery that was vacant for two years, will be open for both tech events and weekly food tastings, Duncalfe said.
Real Food Works now has more than 100 customers in the region and has delivered close to 15,000 meals, Duncalfe said. It has about 15 local restaurant partners and plans to ramp up its Center City restaurant partnerships now that it’s in the area.
Duncalfe said to look out for a funding announcement in the near future, but most recently, Benjamin Franklin Technology Partners announced a $175,000 investment in the company.
The startup is now at seven employees, with COO Mike Krupit leaving in late April in order to free up resources so the company could scale faster. Next up for the crew? Gluten-free meals, Duncalfe said.