Eastside residents now merely have to tap a few buttons to get lunch to their door, courtesy of UberEATS.
UberEATS, a subsidiary of the popular Uber ridesharing app, uses drivers of UberX to deliver food from a group of restaurants just about anywhere on the Eastside.
The app launched Tuesday, Aug. 16 with several dozen restaurants on its delivery list ready to go.
Some of these restaurants included Hokkaido Ramen Santouka, Freshii, India Gate, Szechuan Chef, Monsson and Walla Walla Farms Cafe.
How it works is pretty simple. Just like Uber, a user pulls up the app and selects their location. UberEATS then finds businesses nearby which have a menu selection on the app. The user chooses a restaurant, seeing dollar signs signifying the relative cost and an estimated wait time to get the food.
A driver will drive to the restaurant, pick the food up and bring it to the user’s selected destination. UberEATS has operated in Seattle for seven months, but the company was excited to give the Eastside a shot.
“We have 50 of the best restaurants on the Eastside ready to go,” said Caleb Weaver, an Uber spokesman. “We’ve been working on this expansion for a bit. It is a separate app with a different lay out, but it is as convenient as Uber.”
Weaver said UberEATS had average 45 minute delivery times in Seattle. A quick perusal of Bellevue’s options on the app’s Eastside roll out show delivery times ranging from 20 to 54 minutes.
The expansion is centered in Bellevue but also includes Mercer Island, Redmond, Kirkland, Medina, Beaux Arts and parts of Newcastle, Bothell, Cottage Lake and Woodinville.
“It’s a huge swath of territory to cover,” Weaver said. “But we’ve had more than 25,000 meals delivered in Seattle in the last month. We think it is super easy to browse and select the food you want.”
More than 300,000 residents are now in range of UberEATS. best of all? The company is offering free delivery for new customers until the end of the summer.