PEPPERS Deli & Books is looking to expand in the new year.
The business, owned by Geraldine and Greg Allman, delivers meals to 90 elderly residents.
The company picked up customers from Top Dog Cafe, which had its food delivery service closed by the City of Greater Bendigo in July over food compliance issues.
Ms Allman said food delivery was a different direction for the business after 15 years in operation.
“Top Dog came to us and offered us the opportunity,” she said.
“We can’t let the elderly go without.
“We thought it was a good opportunity to take.
“We taken it with both hands and we’ve run with it.”
The Strathdale business employs five staff.
“That may expand if I get more people wanting meals,” Ms Allman said.
“That could change next year to cope with growing demand.
“There are still a lot of people out there who don’t know that we’re doing home delivery.
“It’s something that will grow on its own.
“You can’t stop it.”
Ms Allman said Top Dog ceasing meal deliveries had “been a bit harsh on the elderly”.
Owner John, who declined to give his last name, said in July there had been “minor issues” relating to food which had partly been their fault.
The business continues to operate from Hume & Iser.
City of Greater Bendigo environmental health and local laws manager Susannah Milne said there had been a “level of risk” in preparing meals for home consumption at the Top Dog premises.
Peppers Deli & Books is only serving lunch meals between 10am and noon but may expand to dinner service.
“I’ve got a couple of people who have dementia,” she said.
“They can’t go and put stuff on the stove because they’ll forget it’s there and a lot of things can go wrong very quickly.
“That’s why we thought we had to take it on.
“We can’t just let people go without.”
Ms Allman is considering Christmas Day deliveries if there is demand.