The online food delivery service UberEATS is coming to Tallahassee Thursday. That’s a spin off from the popular ride-sharing company. Beginning at 11 am, customers will be able to summon meals from local restaurants at the touch of a button.
The Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association’s Richard Turner says it’s another opportunity for local businesses to grow.
“There’s been a sort of evolution overtime. This is just the next step apparently in the blending of technology and consumer demand. You don’t even have to get in your car anymore. You can have somebody else do it,” Turner said.
Turner says more take-out orders shouldn’t have a huge impact on the tip jar.
“Our industry, like all industries, is progressing with what technology can provide. So it could affect waiters dependent on tips and whatnot, but generally I don’t think it is. This is more of a convenience thing,” Turner said.
UberEATS customers do have the option to tip, but that money goes to the driver, not the restaurant.
The delivery area will span Tallahassee from I-10 to Capital Circle. According to the company 4Rivers Smokehouse, Bagel Bagel, Fat Noodle Bar, Jasmine Cafe, Madison Social and Taco Republik are among the participating restaurants. Area businesses interested in being included on the app can contact Uber.