UberEATS, Uber’s food delivery platform, has launched a program, in celebration of its second anniversary in the city, to help out up-and-coming Torontonian restaurateurs.
The program, the first of its kind for the company, aims to help out budding restaurant owners by providing them with a fully-equipped professional kitchen for a month, through which they can test out a delivery-only business. Four restaurant teams will be chosen for the program, which runs May 1st to 31st, and interested foodies can apply online.
“The cost of starting a restaurant can be hundreds of thousands of dollars and often requires months of construction, procurement, and planning,” stated Toronto’s general manager of UberEATS, Dan Park, in a blog post, adding: “The kitchen will allow food makers to start, test, and launch a delivery-only restaurant concept in less than a month with minimal financial commitment.”
Uber is covering the rental fee for the kitchen for the month of May and waiving the activation fee and its regular fee for delivery services, allowing the restaurateurs in its program to keep all of their earnings. Additionally, they get a feature spot in the UberEATS app and will receive guidance from both the UberEATS team and “some of the top food and hospitality professionals in Toronto.”