Uber Now Putting Dinner on St. Louis Tables
ST. LOUIS, MO/November 13, 2017 (STL.News) – We have become a society that lives by our smart phones. We rely on them for everything from driving directions and daily news to tracking our fitness and entertaining our kids. Sure, you can use them to make telephone calls too, including ordering dinner from your favorite takeout. But why call for dinner when you can tap an app and get what you want delivered right to your door—even from restaurants that don’t normally offer delivery. That’s what UberEATS is offering St. Louis diners. The well-known ride service is now offering to have one of their independent contracted drivers bring you dinner too.
The meal delivery app from the folks behind the Uber ride-hailing service was launched last year (2016), in part to better utilize their enormous fleet of drivers during lull periods. The standalone smartphone app allows users to order food from a participating restaurant and have it delivered to their door by an independently contracted driver, generally within about 30-minutes. Users who have an existing Uber account are already registered for UberEATS, but they will need to download the app or go online to UberEATS.com to place an order.
Here’s how it works: Using the UberEATS app (or website), enter your location, and browse the list of participating restaurants in your area. Order your meal, and then pay for your food plus the $5.99 delivery fee using the app, with the same account you use to pay for Uber rides. Just like with the ride app, users may add a tip for their driver if they like. Uber also charges a fee to participating restaurants. Users can track their orders from acceptance at the restaurant to delivery. The app gives customers the name and photo of their delivery person and lets them track their progress on the map.
According to the company, UberEATS is operating in more than 100 cities all over the world. Service started in St. Louis on October 18th, with 50 restaurants reported to be partnering with UberEATS-St. Louis. A few of the restaurants on the list include Sweet Art, Flanneries Pub, Big Daddy’s Bar & Grill, Bridge Tap House & Wine Bar, Rooster on South Grand, and McDonald’s downtown. The rollout in the Gateway City came a few weeks after UberEATS began operating in the Kansas City area. Plans were announced in August to add the meal delivery service in both Columbia and Springfield, Missouri before the end of 2017.
Right now, UberEATS is available all over the City of St. Louis as well as a large part of St. Louis County—from the city limit to suburbs just outside the I-270 loop. So, Clayton, Kirkwood, Florissant, Affton, Mehlville, Jennings, Crestwood, Town and Country, Maryland Heights, and Black Jack are inside the service area. Wildwood, Chesterfield, Fenton, Arnold, St. Charles County, and Metro-East residents will have to wait for expansion.
Other food delivery apps and services already operating in the St. Louis area include Postmates, Grubhub, EatStreet, SkiptheDishes, Food Pedaler, and 569-DINE, which has been providing meal delivery service in St. Louis County since 1991. As in other U.S. cities already served by the app, UberEATS expansion into St Louis was expected to impact existing delivery services because of the large number of Uber drivers available to bring dinner to their users.