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Beachwood launching its own food delivery service as a way to combat delivery fees

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Posted at 1:01 PM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2021-01-20 17:15:25-05

BEACHWOOD, Ohio — The city of Beachwood announced Friday that it is starting its own food delivery program aimed at providing a fee-free service for restaurants and patrons to help residents save money instead of using costly apps such as DoorDash and UberEATS.

“Rather than relying on legislation to cap delivery fees, our city has removed the middleman by becoming the middleman,” said Mayor Martin S. Horwitz. “It’s another example of how our outstanding City services have elevated Beachwood to one of the premier suburbs in Ohio, while protecting a vital segment of our small-business community.”

The delivery service is called Beachwood Delivers. It is funded through the city and its economic development programs.

Here's how the service works:

  • Residents select one of nine restaurants that are part of the program and call in a minimum order of $25 to the establishment
  • The restaurant calls the city, which will in turn dispatch a city driver to go grab the food and deliver it

The service is free to both the restaurant and the consumer.

Delivery fees for residents ordering from a food app vary, but quickly add up. Restaurants also are faced with surcharges that are sometimes as high as 30%, the city said.

“Whether you order something extravagant or inexpensive, you can feel good knowing that your order is truly supporting a local business without robbing them of their razor-thin profit margin,” said the program’s creator, Community Services Director Karen Carmen.

The service is available daily from 4-8 p.m. through the end of February.

Patrons can order from the following restaurants:

  • Blu, the Restaurant - (216) 831-5599
  • BOMBA Taco + Bar - (216) 755-5907
  • Cedar Creek Grille - (216) 342-5177
  • Giovanni’s Ristorante - (216) 831-8625
  • Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse - (216) 464-0688
  • Lindey’s Lake House - (216) 342-5030
  • Tres Potrillos - (216) 591-1202
  • Winking Lizard - (216) 454-0380
  • Yours Truly - (216) 464-4848

“The Ohio Restaurant Association appreciates the many creative ways Ohio communities are supporting their local restaurants, who desperately need your help now to make it through this winter,” said Tod Bowen, managing director of external affairs and government relations for the Ohio Restaurant Association. “Beachwood Delivers is a great example of the city’s creativity and its commitment to its local restaurant community.”

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