NEW YORK, Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Ando, the delivery-only, online restaurant from David Chang, Momofuku and Expa has closed a $7 million Series A financing round led by Forerunner with participation from BoxGroup and Wildcat Venture Partners. Strategic Angels in this round include, William Lauder, Chairman of Estee Lauder; Neil Blumenthal, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Warby Parker; Andy Katz-Mayfield, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Harry's; Abdur Chowdhury, Former Chief Scientist, Twitter; Dick Boyce, TPG Partner and former Chairman of Burger King; Elizabeth Cutler, Founder of SoulCycle; Jimmy Fallon and Aziz Ansari. This new funding will be used to continue to grow the team and build operational capacity to further expand delivery across New York City to accommodate the growing demand.
Launched in New York this past July, Ando is David Chang and Momofuku's first and only delivery-only restaurant concept. Momofuku brings the creative and culinary expertise as the back of house, while Expa provides the logistical, technical and startup business background to support as the front of house. This collaboration allows the Ando team to serve Momofuku food such as the NY Cheesesteak, Fried Chicken, and Spicy Tofu designed specifically for delivery.
"Mobile technology has completely transformed our daily lives, and it's certainly impacting the overall dining experience with the ease of delivery," said David Chang, co-founder of Ando. "We've never taken VC money before, and Ando was a very special case since we've always wanted to do delivery for Momofuku. The concept of Ando was planned many years ago, and we waited until we found the perfect partner, Expa, that had the right technology and logistics to deliver quality food that, when delivered, is as good or more delicious than eating something in a restaurant. Now through the Ando platform, we're starting to understand the consumer experience better and when we understand how the consumer eats the food and wants the food, then we can cook it better as well."
With its unique approach to food development and delivery, Ando creates consistently high-quality menu items that are guaranteed to taste delicious and fresh upon delivery. The dishes are put through rigorous testing to ensure consistent quality while traveling across the city. Ingredients, temperature, weather, customer feedback and more are all factors that are considered and tested when developing each menu item. Through its platform and the use of data and analytics, Ando is able to explore how consumers interact with every part of the ordering process, understand how efficiently the kitchen is moving, how effective its delivery partners are and how to improve and shape the entire experience for each individual customer.
"The food delivery space is growing, evolving and adapting to accommodate a new generation of consumers that wants authenticity, consistent quality and a personal connection to a brand," said Hooman Radfar, co-founder and CEO of Ando. "With this new funding, we'll continue our commitment to culinary innovation, making food delicious while experimenting with ingredients, enhancing packaging and improving our backend technology to ensure the best experience upon delivery. Our goal is to grow our menu offerings and expand beyond New York, creating delicious food and pushing the limits of delivery."
Since launch, Ando has introduced a web app to accommodate a growing demand and revealed Ando Labs, which enables its customers to order and review food items that are still in the development stages to empower them to become a part of the R&D process. Additionally, Ando recently expanded its delivery zone to now include all of Midtown East and parts of Midtown West, while increasing its services from just lunch to include dinner hours during the weekdays.
Ando is the new delivery-only online restaurant from David Chang, Momofuku and Expa, serving food designed specifically for delivery. Founded in 2016, it is Momofuku's first and only delivery-only restaurant concept and currently delivers to NYC from 36th St. to E72nd St, from the FDR Drive to 8th Ave., serving lunch 11am-2pm and dinner 5:30pm-8pm on weekdays. Ando is available to order on iOS andweb app.
Expa is a global network of entrepreneurs focused on building great companies. Expa partners with founders to create new products and services, and builds teams to scale them as independent entities. Expa's leadership team has launched services used by hundreds of millions of people worldwide everyday, including Uber, Foursquare, Stumbleupon, AddThis, Metrolyrics, and Envoy. The company has offices in San Francisco, New York, and Vancouver. For more information, please go to expa.com or Twitter: @expa and @expanews
Founded by chef David Chang in 2004 with the opening of Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku has grown to include restaurants in New York City, Sydney, Toronto and Washington, DC (Noodle Bar, Ssäm Bar, Ko, Má Pêche, Seiōbo, Noodle Bar Toronto, Daishō, Shōtō, Fuku, Fuku+, CCDC, Nishi), a bakery established by award-winning pastry chef Christina Tosi (Milk Bar), a bar (Nikai), and a quarterly magazine (Lucky Peach). The restaurants have gained recognition for their innovative take on cuisine, while supporting sustainable and responsible farmers and food purveyors.
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