Why the Big Restaurant Delivery Apps Will Need the Courts to Save Their Business

At a Goldman Sachs conference last month, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi addressed legislation capping the commissions restaurants have had to pay Uber (Postmates’ parent company) and other large delivery companies in recent months. Short-term regulation is unpredictable, but “long-term regulation is smart,” he said, because it follows common sense. Uber and other restaurant delivery companies like DoorDash are …

Yummy bags $18M as its expands delivery app across Latin America

Three months after announcing a $4 million seed round, Venezuelan delivery super app Yummy is back with an $18 million Series A round that will accelerate the company’s proposed expansion throughout Latin America. Anthos Capital led the latest round, with additional participation from JAM Fund, whose founder Justin Mateen was an investor in the seed round. …

Chicago Pizzeria Forced To Close Due To Labor Shortage

The country’s labor shortage is hitting home a little bit more for one Chicago-based pizzeria.  This past weekend, the restaurant couldn’t open because it didn’t have enough staff, according to a new report from Insider. It cost the owner about $5,000 in revenue, the report says.  Dave Bonomi, the owner of Coalfire Pizza in West Town, …

Yelp tool helps restaurants manage operations amid off-premise surge

Dive Brief: Yelp on Wednesday announced a new tool, called Yelp Guest Manager, that streamlines its front-of-house products, including Waitlist, Reservations, Kiosk, Takeout and Table Management into one suite. According to an email sent to Restaurant Dive, Guest Manager will help restaurants manage operations as off-premise dining grows in importance.  Yelp Guest Manager integrates with restaurant …

CHILI’S IS RAISING PRICES TO COMBAT RISING LABOR, FOOD COSTS

Chili’s and Maggiano’s parent Brinker International is raising prices by 3% to 3.5% to combat the one-two punch of higher labor and food costs. The owner of more than 1,600 casual-dining restaurants will institute the hikes for fiscal year 2022 in hopes of improving operating margins that fell by more than a percentage point in …

BRACE YOURSELF FOR A MASS EXODUS OF EMPLOYEES

Restaurants struggling to hold onto their employees are about to hit by a major setback, according to new research. A survey of 13,659 wage earners by the online job marketplace Joblist revealed that 58% of restaurant and hotel employees intend to quit their jobs by the end of the year, stoking what the researchers have dubbed The …

Slice Invests Additional $15M in Pizzeria Accelerator

Slice, the pickup and self-delivery provider for independent pizza restaurants, announced an additional $15 million infusion to its Slice Accelerate program that grants independent pizzerias with $15,000 in technology and services to grow their businesses. First started last year, this latest round is expected to bring another 1,000 restaurants into the company’s small business accelerator. …

ChowNow Launches ‘Order Better Network’ Online Platform

ChowNow, a platform powering online ordering and marketing for independent restaurants, unveiled its Order Better Network, the industry’s first product to connect restaurants to over a dozen diverse channels for delivery and takeout, including major internet, social and hospitality brands. The Network enables restaurants to connect with millions of new customers and makes it easier …

Local Columbia restaurants struggle to find right way to work with big delivery services

COLUMBIA — Despite the pandemic’s surge of carryout customers, some small Columbia-area restaurant owners say that delivery services don’t add up for them. Services such as DoorDash and Grubhub have marketed themselves as ways for restaurants to reach more customers than before.  At its new location in West Columbia, longtime local favorite D’s Wings has …

Grubhub founder quits four months after Just Eat deal

The founder of US food delivery platform Grubhub has quit the business just four months after it was bought by UK-listed rival Just Eat Takeaway. Matt Maloney joined the Just Eat Takeaway board in June but has since stepped down to “pursue other opportunities”, the company said. Just Eat boss Jitse Groen said: “Great entrepreneurs …