I don't know what exists right now in Germany, but we had something similar 10+ years ago in Jersey City NJ. At that time, you couldn't order online, but they distributed a catalog with menus from each of the participating restaurants. You just called up the delivery service, told them what you wanted from where (could be multiple restaurants). They'd take care of calling each place and coordinating the pickups so everything would be reasonably hot and fresh when it arrived at your house.
I don't know how well they worked, as we never took advantage of the service. It sounded intriguing, but we had a few delivery style restaurants (Chinese, pizza, that sort of thing) we relied on for those evenings we didn't want to cook or go out -- and otherwise, we enjoyed cooking for ourselves and the ambiance of going out to eat.
After awhile, we didn't get any more brochures from them, so I figured either they'd decided we weren't good prospects or they'd gone out of business.
With gas prices the way they are, I'd be concerned about whether it would be something that could be profitable. I think in a big city with plenty of restaurant options close together with residential areas, it might work. In a more spread-out suburban/rural setting, I'm thinking the lower population density and longer travel time/distance might make it less feasible. But that's just my speculation.
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