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UberEats Announces Free Delivery For All Black-Owned Businesses

As corporations move to right their wrongs in response to mass political unrest, UberEats has announced the waiving of all delivery charges for black-owned restaurants.

The policy will last for the entirety of 2020, the company announced in an email last Thursday, and the included businesses will be featured in a prominent list on the app. A prompt, imploring users to “support Black-owned restaurants,” will appear to direct the user towards the list anytime the app is opened.

“We know there is no easy solution to the problem we have faced for centuries,” wrote the company’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi in said email, “We also know that we need to devote our time, energy, and resources toward making a difference.”

The email contained a list of other measures that the company will be enacting in support of these statements, including: a $1 million donation to the Equal Justice Initiative and Center for Policing Equity, discounted rides to black-owned businesses who have been affected by COVID-19, a policy tying Uber executive’s salaries to measurable progress in diversity goals, and the publishing of the company’s workforce data in hopes to be held accountable by the public.

It’s promising to see a corporation the size of Uber taking tangible steps towards helping the businesses and employees that haven’t received support in years past. One can only hope that other corporations, those who have remained silent or released empty statements, take note. 

Khosrowshahi ended the email with a call of support to the cause, unminced and encapsulating of the company’s motives:

“Lastly, let me speak clearly and unequivocally: Black Lives Matter.” 

While this is a positive start for giving awareness and a platform for Black-owned restaurants, the fact that UberEats is not lowering its core business of fees to the restaurant should be noted and still criticized. In a restaurant climate that’s already been ravaged by the pandemic, charging 30% for service fees is still a glaring problem that UberEats, along with other third party delivery apps, need to address. In the grand scheme of things, the delivery fee is nominal.

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Fruits & Vegetables

Avoid Grocery Store Lines With This A La Carte Produce Box Shipped Straight To Your Door

While everyone’s trying their best these days to stay inside, the dilemma of getting fresh fruits and vegetables presents itself for those looking to steer away from eating cans of corned beef hash and beans every other day. Trust me, canned food gets old QUICK.

Melissa’s Produce, is offering a sliding scale of amazing produce boxes that you can order and have shipped anywhere in the United States (though Southern California residents get free shipping).

You can order boxes of mixed fruits and vegetables depending on which type of produce you lean heavier towards.

If you lean heavy towards making vegetable-based dishes, perhaps a 70/30 box is something you need. If your diet is a little bit of both down them middle, consider the 50/50 box. Options also include a fruits only or vegetables only box for those who’d rather have one or the other. There’s even a box crafted towards making fresh juices.

If you’re looking for your produce fix without stepping foot outside the comfort of your own home, definitely check them out.

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Deals Fast Food

Ike’s Sandwiches Is Now Delivering Their Famous Dutch Crunch Loaves

Turn any sandwich from your fridge into Ike’s Dutch Crunch? Heck yeah we’re down. While everyone is hunkering down for yet another month thanks to COVID-19, we find some comfort knowing we can crunch on some Dutchy goodness.

Ike’s Love and Sandwiches just announced that they’ll be selling their world-famous Dutch Crunch bread for home delivery this week. Effective immediately, fans can order six loaves of Ike’s bread either through the store or through the mobile app and have it delivered to their homes for $5.99.

A game changer since many of us Ike fans frequent the fan-favorite sandwich shop specifically for the Dutch Crunch option.

Imagine the possibilities having Dutch Crunch at home can entail. As you can see in the images above, I grabbed a bag of Dutch Crunch loaves for myself and created an Animal Style Dino Nugget-stuffed Dutch Crunch sammich.

Yes, it’s as Dino-mite as it sounds.

If you’re interested in ordering some, check out your nearest Ike’s location to see when you can get your loaves.

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Fast Food

To Survive, Some Subway Restaurants Are Selling Their Ingredients Like Groceries

With everyone confined to their homes during this pandemic, folks are trying to stock up on as much groceries as they can in order to avoid going outdoors while the threat of COVID-19 looms. Many restaurants have taken to transitioning into a corner store model, where they’re selling their excess inventory to members of the community in need of groceries.

Sandwich chain Subway is now offering a similar model in Orange County locations they’re calling Subway Grocery.

In an effort to help support Subway employees and give back to the local communities, Subway is tapping into their supplier connections and offering up a service where customers can directly order the meats, breads, cheeses, and produce used to craft sandwiches. The service also includes frozen soups, meat and cheese party platters, and cookies.

While originally a Subway in Long Beach, CA was one of the first to offer this service, many new locations throughout Orange County and Los Angeles have begun participating in Subway Grocery.

Yes, the question could be posed: Does anyone really want Subway produce? Just thinking of all those locations we’ve visited with oxidized avocados and slightly browned lettuce does make us hesitate for a hot second. However, with ingredients coming directly from a restaurant grade food supplier, the lackadaisical care from some locations is simply forgone. Should be a pretty safe bet if you want some fresh groceries without having to go to the supermarket chains.

Those looking to order from Subway’s Grocery service can place their order through the nearest participating location here. Pick up options include a contactless curbside pick up, restaurant pick up, or delivery to select areas.

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Restaurants Sustainability

Is Food Delivery Sustainable During A Recession?

Everyone’s home. Everyone’s either cooking or ordering takeout. This is the reality we’re living in thanks to the infectious disease known as the coronavirus.

In a recent episode of the Foodbeast Katchup podcast, host Geoffrey Kutnick and Foodbeast managing editor, Reach Guinto, had a conversation with the editor-in-chief of Restaurant Business Magazine Jonathan Maze about the state of food and restaurants during the time of Covid-19.

With people essentially ordered to stay at home to prevent the spread of the virus, Kutnick posed the question, “What is the value of these delivery apps?”

“Delivery is a lot of what restaurants have,” Maze said speaking to the current state of restaurants during this “stay at home” mandate. “They don’t have anything besides delivery and take-out. So they’re going to have to survive on it. For delivery apps, this is their time to shine — their ability to continue to serve a lot more customers to get a much greater share. To get consumers onto their platform, it’s going to be really important for them.”

Maze, however, voiced a concern for delivery services in the months and even years ahead.

“I tend to have a longterm concern with delivery apps overall, simply because I think it’s expensive,” he said. “When I’ve gone to delivery and I’ve compared to what it would cost if I just went and ordered at the restaurant directly rather than through one of the third-party apps, especially if you’re not a jerk and you tip them.”

You’re going to spend a 70-75% premium on that order, if not more. That’s expensive.

Maze says when everything clears up, we’re going to be in a recession, and it’s going to be a while before the economy recovers from that.

“You get into a situation where people are really cutting back. Are they going to spend that kind of premium when they’re cutting back and everything? That’s a legitimate question down the line.”

Maze isn’t alone in this belief. Trevor Broomstra, director of AlixPartners restaurants and hospitality services told CNBC that restaurants should be wary of leaning too heavily on delivery sales. The December 2019 article hauntingly mentions that if the economy were to slow down, consumers would have less disposable income to spend on delivery fees.

In the short term, however, Maze says it’s a certainly benefit. Delivery apps will definitely play a role and restaurants need them. Especially in the immediate weeks to come.

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Feel Good Restaurants

The Great American Takeout: An Urgent Call To Support Your Favorite Restaurant On March 24

The restaurant industry has taken a serious beating over these last few weeks due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19. With Americans staying home and practicing self-distancing, restaurants have seen a massive plunge in revenue — many of which have had to close their doors for the time being.

In an effort to support restaurants and restaurant workers across the nation, a coalition of restaurants are starting that they call The Great American Takeout.

Beginning tomorrow, March 24, here’s what everyone can do to support local restaurant and their workers:

  1. Folks are challenged to order at least one delivery or takeout meal to help the struggling restaurant industry.
  2. Encourage others to participate in the upcoming event on social media, using the hashtag #TheGreatAmericanTakeout
  3. Share a photo of your takeout after it arrives with the hashtag #TheGreatAmericanTakeout

Created by a coalition of restaurants that include Panda Express, Panera Bread, Noodles & Company, Jason’s Deli, Veggie Grill, El Torito, California Pizza Kitchen, The Habit, Lemonade, Modern Market, Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, PizzaRev, and Chevys, the group came up with an unconventional way to support their fellow struggling restaurant owners during these trying times.

The movement is a modern day Hands Across America, but with a little more social distancing and chicken wings. The idea is to get the ball rolling in the country’s minds that there are still restaurants open and in need of support in the weeks or months to come. Gotta think of a good spot to support for this tomorrow. Though, there are three meals in the day, right?

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Deals Fast Food

McDonald’s Is Offering 1-CENT Big Macs Through DoorDash Partnership

Every time McDonald’s offers up their two Big Macs for $5 deal, I find myself suddenly sitting in the drive-thru waiting to sink my teeth into the burger behemoth’s iconic double-decker sandwich. This week, however, not only can I stay within the comforts of my own home, but can enjoy a Big Mac for nothing more than a mere penny. No, seriously.

McDonald’s has just announced that through a new promotion, customers can get their hands on a Big Mac for 1-CENT.

DoorDash has teamed up with the Golden Arches as part of a five-day promotion to give away one million Big Macs for a penny.

To access the deal, all you have to do is use the promo code 1MBIGMAC when placing an order through DoorDash. Once the promo code is in, it also enters you for a shot at winning $1 million.

The DoorDash deal will be available nationwide across 9,300 U.S. locations of McDonald’s between September 30 through October 4. The full rules and conditions can be found here.

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Technology

Postmates Launches Delivery Bot That Fits 50 LBS Of Food

Not even delivery drivers are safe from the robot revolution, and Postmates‘ latest revelation is living proof.

Its name is “Serve,” can fit up to 50 pounds of food, and will be able to travel up to 30 miles on a single charge.

“We realized we are in a unique position to create an autonomous delivery vehicle with socially aware navigation that understands how to navigate cities while meeting specific customer needs,” Bastian Lehmann, Postmates co-founder and CEO, said. “We took a design-first approach with Serve that walks alongside people and fits into our communities.”

If the concept of a delivery bot doesn’t give you the heebie jeebies, maybe the fact that Postmates developed a “language for rovers and humans to understand each other’s intentions,” will give you some goosebumps.

Serve is so refined, that it has sensors that tell it when to change direction, when to communicate, and how to make its way through sidewalks.

Over the next 12 months, the delivery bot of the future will be tested in the Los Angeles area, as Postmates continues to look for additional cities to work with.

In that time, Angelenos can order their Salt & Straw, Shake Shack, or anything else on Postmates, while a cute little robot drops it off.

Hopefully it doesn’t turn all Terminator on me when I “forget” my wallet and don’t tip.