Local restaurants take Uber Eats for a spin

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On July 17 North End Bistro joins the growing list of local eateries participating in Uber Eats. Photo Illustration/Carol Robidoux

MANCHESTER, NHNorth End Bistro General Manager Becky Carlson is looking forward to seeing how Uber Eats helps boost their lunchtime sales, starting Tuesday. Since opening in January at the corner of Elm and Myrtle streets, Carlson has been working hard to get the word out about the intimate full-service restaurant, which took over the space that had for years been occupied by The Way We Cook.

The downtown eatery on July 17 will join the growing list of restaurants participating with Uber Eats, the latest service offered by the ride-sharing app, which promises to deliver fresh and local menu items to wherever you are with the new Uber Eats app (it’s separate from the Uber app), available for download from iTunes or Google Play.

Next a foodie fix? Click to see Restoration Cafe’s full menu.

How it works

Go to the Uber Eats app on your phone or computer and type in your delivery address to find a restaurant. You can filter restaurants by Recommended, Most Popular, Rating or Delivery Time. Select a restaurant and get the menu of available items and click to add to your cart. The app will ask you how many of the item to deliver and give you a place to add delivery instructions. Then, hit “check out” to see your cart. The total will include a “booking fee” – Uber gets 30 percent of the total, says Carlson.

“But if it helps us get people to try our lunch menu, we think it’s going to be worth it,” she says.

Then you can use the app to track your food as it makes its way to your location. The transaction is tabulated automatically with your saved credit card information, so you don’t need to worry about having cash on hand, or tipping the driver. Check under your app settings to discover “free food” and other special promotional offers.

Some InkLink readers have reported that Uber Eats does not deliver to every location around the city. We’ve reached out to Uber Eats communications manager and will update this post when we hear back.

Tom Puskarich, manager of Restoration Cafe at The Flats@Hanover Street, says they’ve been participating in Uber Eats since it launched in the city at the end of June.

“We probably do between five to 10 meals a day, and so far I’m pleased with it,” says Puskarich. “The drivers are used to it now, and we’re used to it now, and we’re reaching people we don’t normally reach – and the technology is pretty slick.”

Click below for menus from participating restaurants. [If you own a participating restaurant that’s not on the list, let us know.]

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