UberEATS food delivery service coming to Tampa
Source: Tampa Bay Business Journal
Uber is about to expand in Tampa with a food delivery service.
The service partners with local restaurants to deliver food orders right to the customer’s door at the touch of a button – the same way an Uber user would hail a ride.
Jeff Gigante, owner of Ciccio/Water, confirmed he signed on as a participating restaurant. “We’re excited to link up brands with a company as innovative as Uber,” Gigante said. The UberEATS website hinted at its launch as well. “So close you can almost taste it,” the website reads. “Tampa, here we come.”
The site goes on to explain “UberEATS lets you use your favorite technology to get hometown favorites delivered seamlessly.”
The app, separate from the main Uber app, allows you to select items from an instant delivery menu. Uber claims on its website that food will be at a user’s door in as little as 10 minutes, but “the average order takes 35 minutes from the start to finish.”
Even still, that time estimate is less than some other food delivery services in the area like Doorstep Delivery where many of the takeout options range from 45 minutes to an hour to get meals to customers.
The UberEATS app is already available to download on iOS and Android products, although delivery in Tampa is still listed as unavailable.
The UberEATS website informs users “there’s no need to tip.” However, in the about UberEATS help section within the main Uber app, it does say drivers can accept tips. Tips from sources suggest other popular Tampa dining spots will also be included such as Ceviche, the Attic Café and the SoHo Donut Company.
There’s no word yet on when the service will be available, but it’s likely very soon.
The news comes as tension between Uber and the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission heats up. The PTC is set to vote on a series of rules regulating Uber and other transportation network companies. Uber opposes the rules and says if forced to abide by them by a court, they would leave Hillsborough County. The UberEATS launch in Tampa signals some optimism in the company's intentions in the Tampa Bay area.
An Uber spokesperson said he could not confirm UberEATS entrance into Tampa.