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Kick-Boxed Lunch

ClassPass founder enters the work-lunch game with MealPass
Cheesesteak Dumplings
Cheesesteak Dumplings from Koy Boston | Photo: Courtesy of MealPass via Facebook

ClassPass creator Mary Biggins and her partner, Katie Ghelli, want to change workday lunches. Tomorrow, they're launching MealPass, an online subscription that functions similarly to ClassPass, only with lunch orders instead of exercise classes, in a handful of Manhattan neighborhoods.

Members, who pay $99 to start (it'll go up to $119 later), can preorder lunch from a number of spots without paying and without waiting in a line for their salads or sandwiches to be made. Participating restaurants, which include healthy spot Liquiteria, 'cue provider Brother Jimmy's and falafel spot Maoz, will post one lunch option to their website by 7 p.m. the night before, and customers must place their orders by 9:30 a.m. for lunch that day.

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Though ordering this way requires some planning, the founders point out that it can be a money saver. Those who use MealPass every workday for a month will pay around $5 for lunch, far less than the ubiquitous $12 salad price tag. The program is already up and running in Boston and Miami, and so far 25,000 meals have been ordered through the service, Eater reports.

But as Seamless continues to grow, and Uber and Amazon get into the delivery business (not to mention chefs like David Chang), we have to wonder, who will win the lunch game?

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