This week, the South Australian developed Restaurant Runner app is stepping up its operations to meet demand for the provision of food delivery services with the escalation of Government regulations put in place to combat COVID-10.
Initially launched in late November 2019, the custom-built and owner run app was developed by Adelaide Hills restauranteur, Che Zahra.
Che and his wife Rebecca are the owners of two Adelaide Hills restaurants, the iconic award-winning wood oven pizza place, Jimmies Restaurant, and Miss Perez Kitchen & Bar.
Having noticed a gap in the market with no food delivery platform to service the Adelaide Hills region, Che created the app with the vision and motto of ‘locals serving locals’.
There are currently three Adelaide Hills based restaurants on the app – Jimmies, Miss Perez and Bam Bam Chicken. Restaurants in Hahndorf and Mount Barker will be available shortly.
Looking for a creative and positive solution to the current crisis affecting the hospitality industry due to the arrival of COVID-19 in Australia, Restaurant Runner expanded the region serviced through the app this week, by engaging city café, My Kingdom For A Horse, as the first Adelaide metro outlet featured.
Restaurant Runner is encouraging hospitality outlets from all over Adelaide to sign up to be featured on the app to be able to provide a diverse range of cuisines from across greater Adelaide, with a view to delivering food to as many people as possible as South Australia approaches a possible heightened period of isolation.
Importantly, the Restaurant Runner team want to ensure that local hospitality staff remain employed throughout the COVID-19 crisis by moving them into the role of delivery drivers/riders rather than outsourcing the work to already established platforms.
Every outlet utilising the app would work towards retaining as many of their staff as possible, re-assigning them to manage the demand for the service.
“In light of the significant downturn in our industry, we have been forced to think outside the box. After being approached by Emily Raven, owner of city-based café “My Kingdom For A Horse”, we came up with the idea to use her waiting staff as delivery drivers which helps keep staff employed whilst having food and beverages delivered to customers with the option of zero contact. Restaurant Runner is now offering this model for all interested food businesses to help retain staff and keep people supporting local business,” says Che Zahra.