June 26, 2017 10:16PM
By Bryan Lipiner Record-Journal staff
WALLINGFORD — Food delivery service UberEats recently expanded to Wallingford.
The service, which launched in some Connecticut cities last summer, can be accessed via smartphone through an app available at the Apple App Store and Google Play. It allows customers to purchase food from local restaurants and have it delivered.
Local restaurants participating include Gaetano’s Tavern On Main, 40 N. Main St., and McDonald’s, 608 N. Colony Road. North Haven restaurants Gagliardis and Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen also offer delivery through UberEats.
UberEats expands to towns and cities after reaching agreements with restaurants and drivers, and currently has a presence in New Haven, Hartford and Fairfield counties.
UberEats also serves Hamden.
A company spokeswoman said Monday that the service would like to continue to expand to nearby towns, including Meriden, Southington and Cheshire.
The service is available 24 hours a day. Customers can place orders for delivery in advance. Some restaurants on UberEats have reportedly doubled their daily takeout orders since launching the service.
Gaetano’s owner Debbie Pacileo said the restaurant began serving nearby towns with UberEats about five months ago.
“We thought it would be a good thing to get involved with,” she said. “We don’t have our own delivery service. If somebody does want to get food to go, then they can go through UberEats.”
The restaurant serves between five and 10 customers a day on UberEats. Orders come in through an iPad located in the kitchen.
Pacileo said the service helps restaurants and she believes more eateries will participate.
Ted Zafiris, owner of McDonald’s on Route 5, said UberEats is part of the company’s long-term vision.
“This is just one part of McDonald’s vision for the future,” he said.