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Got a craving? Feed it now. UberEats to deliver in Boise

A free app will make it fast and easy to have restaurant food delivered from more than 60 Boise-area restaurants include Flatbread Neopolitan Pizzeria, Mai Thai and Parilla Grill.
A free app will make it fast and easy to have restaurant food delivered from more than 60 Boise-area restaurants include Flatbread Neopolitan Pizzeria, Mai Thai and Parilla Grill. UberEats

Starting Tuesday, there will be no need to leave your house if you get hungry for that certain restaurant.

Or leave your office. Or your buddy’s couch.

UberEats, a food-delivery app from ride-sharing company Uber, will make its Idaho debut at 11 a.m. Service will include Downtown Boise, the North End, parts of Southeast Boise, Eagle and Meridian.

Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria is one of more than 60 Boise-area restaurants participating. Owner Robert Lumsden used the free UberEats app to order food in Seattle a few months ago. He was impressed.

“I’m a fan of the advancing technologies. This is clearly one of them,” Lumsden says. “It was great. It was easy. It was fun. It’s just simple. The app was well-designed. There were no mistakes in the order that we placed.”

UberEats isn’t the first food-delivery service in Boise. Flatbread Neapolitan Pizzeria has used Food To You, which allows ordering through a website, for years.

But the UberEats app, available on both iOS and Android, is on the rise. UberEats serves more than 100 cities in 28 countries. In addition to the app, UberEats allows ordering through its website at ubereats.com.

Restaurants set the food prices. UberEats tacks on a $5.99 booking charge. Much like Uber’s ride-sharing app, the process is transparent. You know the total price before you submit your order.

For customers, UberEATs isn’t just convenient. You can discover new restaurants by scrolling through your phone — even some that might not have offered delivery before.

For restaurateurs, it’s a way to grow their business. UberEats released a video last year with testimonials from restaurant owners.

It was a no-brainer for Lumsden to try it at Flatbread.

“The positives are there are 36,000 people in the Treasure Valley that already have the Uber (ride-sharing) app on their phone,” he says. “There’s built-in marketing already.”

“We foresee a greater degree of access to drivers, reduced delivery times and improved flexibility for our guests.”

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