The wildly popular ride-sharing company Uber on Monday will launch a food delivery service covering much of the Fort Worth central city.
The new service is dubbed UberEATS. Customers will be able to order food using their smartphones roughly within the boundaries of Loop 820, said spokeswoman Debbee Hancock.
$3.99 Flat fee for UberEATS food delivery, although it will be free for a limited time
In one particular area around Texas Christian University, customers can already get a sneak preview of the service, she said.
“Our goal is to make requesting a meal as easy as getting a ride,” Jordan Chapman, UberEATS General Manager DFW, said in an email. “UberEATS not only provides a new way for people to get the food they love, it creates new economic opportunities for delivery partners and enables Fort Worth’s best restaurants to connect with more customers.”
Users must first download the UberEATS application to their phones, and select food from a variety of restaurants. The new app doesn’t yet provide a full list of restaurants that will be available in the Fort Worth area, but the company said in a press release that the restaurants taking part in the service include East Hampton Sandwich Co., Galligaskins Submarines, and Z’s Cafe.
Our goal is to make requesting a meal as easy as getting a ride.
Jordan Chapman, UberEATS
“We’re excited about the partnership with UberEats, a platform where we can connect with more customers and still provide the high quality, handcrafted sandwiches, salads, and chowders our fans love,” East Hampton Sandwich Co.’s Kyle Brooks said in a statement.
Each restaurant determines the prices for its food. Uber drivers charge a flat $3.99 delivery fee. Customers are also free to tip the driver, although drivers are urged not to aggressively pursue tips in accordance with the company’s philosophy on gratuities.
Oh, and here’s some good news for those willing to try the service right out of the gate: For a limited time, the $3.99 fee will be waived and delivery will be free, Hancock said.
UberEATS is now available in roughly two dozen cities in the United States — including Dallas, Austin and Houston — as well as in some cities in Australia and Canada.