Local delivery drivers rush to keep up, stay safe

MADISON (WKOW)  — Delivery drivers are lending a hand to local restaurants in the Madison area after those restaurants were forced to close their dining rooms.

On Tuesday, Governor Tony Evers ordered bars and restaurants in Wisconsin to close their in-house service in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

Many of these restaurants are now relying on delivery services like EatStreet, DoorDash and Uber Eats to keep their doors open. 

“It feels good that I can help support local Madison restaurants and at the same time, bring people their food safely, without them having to expose themselves out in public,” said Daven Sabatke, who drives with Madison-based Eat Street.

Even though delivery drivers can’t work from home and are forced to travel outside, Sabatke said he feels better knowing that others don’t have to. 

“It’s really important for local businesses to make sales and support themselves,” he said. “EatStreet really fills in that gap, we can provide food to benefit local restaurants while at the same time allowing people to stay quarantined inside.”

EatStreet CEO and co-founder Matt Howard says the company is providing a new feature to their service.

“Diners and drivers can now use a feature to leave the food at your door,” he said. “You can request that the driver will just leave the food at your doorstep and you don’t have to have any contact with the delivery driver.”

Howard also said that in order to protect and keep their workers safe, drivers also have the option to request that same feature as well. 

While Sabatke isn’t having a lot of face-to-face contact with EatStreet customers, he says the best part is helping others in the community. 

“All the customers are happy to get their good and you make their day better,” he said. “And you get to drive around and listen to great music all day.” 

EatStreet is actively hiring drivers every day in Madison to help local businesses stay open and to serve customers food from their favorite restaurants, according to Howard.

They are also accepting temporary drivers who are currently out of work. 

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