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Late-night food delivery startup Savory: healthy food, ungodly hours

Glenn Espinosa founded a healthy food delivery startup after he gained 20 pounds working late-night shifts as a Navy nurse.

Health workers have notoriously unhealthy schedules, what with the double shifts and late-night hours imposed in many hospitals. But for Glenn Espinosa, at least one thing should change: the dearth of healthy food.
Espinosa got his share of bad junk food while working the night shift as a nurse for the Navy, he told DC in an email:

After the hospital I worked at closed down their midnight cafeteria, I became frustrated by the lack of late night food options. I found myself ordering Chinese takeout or pizza almost every other night and it got so bad that during my first two years as a night shift nurse I actually gained over 20 pounds.

So he decided to try his hand at cooking meals ahead of time. Though healthier and cheaper, he found food prepping was too time consuming to keep up, “so I stopped,” he said. But coworkers had already begun “asking me to prepare meals for them also.”
That’s how the idea of creating a late-night healthy food delivery option for hospital workers and other night owls dawned on him.
Based out of Union KitchenSavory delivers real meals to much of the District and northern Arlington, including the Virginia Hospital Center from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The company charges $3 per delivery.
Savory has been running in beta since early March — it has been responsive to new delivery area zip code requests — and is planning to operate six days a week by April.
The bootstrapped startup was founded by Espinosa, who is acting as CEO and CTO; Bradley Curtis, the chef partner formerly of Flight Wine Bar; and Rosemarie Ferrer, who is in charge of marketing.


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