So you want to order some food from a local restaurant, but that restaurant doesn’t deliver.
There’s now an app for that.
Waitr, an app developed in Lake Charles, provides delivery from local restaurants to customers. For a $5 delivery fee, customers can order as much food as they want from participating restaurants.
The app launched in Baton Rouge last Monday, and already a dozen of restaurants — including City Pork Deli & Charcuterie and The Salad Shop on Coursey Boulevard — have signed up to use the app as its means of delivery service.
After downloading the free app, a customer can create a free account then order from any of the restaurants available.
Founder Chris Meaux said the app is also available for Lafayette and Houston restaurants as well. Another 10 markets — including New Orleans, Alexandria, Shreveport and Monroe — have been targeted for 2016.
“In one year, we have had 40,000 active users,” Meaux said. “It’s been overwhelmingly positive in every market we’ve got into. Baton Rouge has taken to it quickly.”
Meaux said the focus is “very heavily” on “local independent restaurants” that want to expand their business.
“It’s a new way for local restaurateurs to connect with consumers without having to raise their prices,” he said.
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