(Update: On December 11, 2013 The Midnight express posted this Facebook Entry: ATTENTION: THE MIDNIGHT EXPRESS WILL RETURN IN THE SPRING OF 2013…IT WILL HAVE A MUCH LARGER DELIVERY AREA AS WELL AS EXTENDED HOURS…PLEASE CHECK BACK HERE IN THE COMING MONTHS FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION…THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATRONAGE…
-DR. MIDNIGHT LOVES YOU ALL & LOOKS FORWARD TO SERVING YOU ALL AGAIN IN THE NEAR FUTURE…)
A door hanger ad appeared on my doorknob a couple days that, when I looked at it, sparked this thought: Shazam, that’s a good idea!
It’s one of those ideas that many of us have imagined at one point or another—especially when it’s late at night and we have the munchies but we’re too tired to go out for food—but it’s one thing to imagine something and another thing to do it.
The Midnight Express (513.462.1562) is a new business serving the Clifton and downtown area that delivers food and beverages from nearby restaurants from midnight to 6 am seven nights a week. On their door hangar they throw out suggestions that include fast food (White Castle, Skyline) and fancier fare (Shangai Mamas); they also deliver from places like Walgreens and CVS, which means they don’t limit what they can deliver. As the mastermind behind The Midnight Express (Cassidy Mullen, aka “Dr. Midnight”) put it when we chatted on the phone, “You tell me what you want the Midnight Express to be, that’s what we will be.”
His flexibility extends to locations for delivery as well. His door hanger ad listed Clifton and downtown, but during our phone chat I quickly learned that the neighborhoods he’s delivered to include Clifton Heights, Corryville, Walnut Hills, Northside and northern Kentucky. Although he cannot yet deliver alcohol, he’s working on that. The fee for the service is $5 plus 10% of the sale price; tips are accepted but not mandatory.
Also, he has specials, including:
- Sunday is J. Gumbo’s night, with a $3 surcharge instead of a $5 surcharge;
- Monday is Ladies Night, when all females get a $3 surcharge instead of a $5 surcharge;
- Tuesday is Skyline night, with a $3 surcharge for all Skyline deliveries;
- Wednesday is White Castle night, with a $3 surcharge for all White Castle deliveries.
I like this idea on all kinds of levels. One of the things I’ve always liked about Clifton and thereabouts is their convenience, and Midnight Express just made it more convenient. A delivery service means fewer cars on the road and less gas consumed, and it also means fewer drunk drivers. Also, I like small business entrepreneurs. When I spoke to Dr. Midnight he was enthusiastic and polite and very professional. He envisioned a day when The Midnight Express would expand its hours, and it sounds as if that day will come soon. Per Dr. Midnight, “5-2-5 is what this service will be, and be referred to very shortly.” So save his phone number—513.462.1562—on your cell and call him the next time you have a hankering for food or whatever else you need. I also recommend checking out his Facebook page to find out more about him.
Also, a quick reminder that Gaslight Property has free tickets to give away for the Pink Floyd tribute band Wish You Were Here on Saturday, April 6 at Bogart’s. To get a free ticket, all you have to do is:
- Subscribe to this blog, which takes seconds (on the right side of this webpage, type your email address where it says Subscribe to the Blog and then click Subscribe); and
- Pick up the tickets at Gaslight Property’s office at 311 Howell Avenue (right behind UDF) in Clifton from 9am – 5:30pm Monday through Friday and 10am to 4pm on Saturday. If you have any questions, call Gaslight Property at 513.861.6000.
And that’s it! You do not have to be a Gaslight Property tenant, but you definitely can be. Also, anyone who was already subscribed to the blog is also entitled to free tickets. Please note that there’s a two ticket limit. The show starts at 8pm, and it’s an all ages show.