A GREASY burger or a slice of pizza may be the perfect hangover cure for some.
But for two Ballarat men, it sparked the beginning of a new business venture.
Brayden Templeton and David Berriman last month launched Happy Hangovers – Ballarat’s only fast food delivery service for hungover customers.
The idea was simple: customers text, Facebook message or phone in their greasy takeaway orders and, within an hour, it would be collected from a fast food outlet and be delivered to their doorstep.
“We’ve had a number of people call us to ask if we are a real business. They think it’s a joke,” said Brayden, 26.
“Others have been shocked that we are real.”
Operating Thursday through to Sunday, the pair charge a delivery fee and only travel to houses within a 10km radius of Ballarat. The business has been so popular it has attracted a strong following on social media.
“We have more than 2000 Facebook likes,” Brayden said.
“People from Melbourne and even Queensland have messaged and asked whether we deliver outside of Ballarat.”
They have since launched a website and have ordered EFTPOS machines to cater for their cash-strapped customers after a big night out.
Brayden and David said the delivery service was quite common overseas.
“It’s pretty big in the United Kingdom and in Belfast,” David, 26, said.
“We’ve even heard stories of similar businesses starting in Ballarat, but not taking off,” Brayden said.
But not so much in America, with most takeaway businesses offering in-house delivery services.
With reports of McDonald’s offering a delivery service in New South Wales, Brayden said he wasn’t concerned about the changes to the fast food industry.
“People are still going to want KFC or Pizza Hut delivered to their door ... and the chance of a [delivery service] happening in Ballarat is quite slim,” he said.
The two are hoping to expand their delivery service beyond fast food in the near future.
“Maybe even delivering pain killers and water bottles will be on the agenda,” Brayden said.