An Adelaide Hills initiative is growing in a bid to help food businesses around SA cope with new coronavirus lockdown laws.
This week, the Federal Government announced that pubs, restaurants and cafes must close or offer takeaway and delivery services, rather than allow people to congregate.
The "Restaurant Runner” food delivery app is attempting to bridge the gap.
The custom-built app was developed by Adelaide Hills restauranteur, Che Zahra and launched in late November 2019.
Mr Zahra and his wife Rebecca are the owners of two popular Adelaide Hills establishments, “Jimmies Restaurant” in Crafers and “Miss Perez Kitchen & Bar” in Stirling.
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, Restaurant Runner has 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.
“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”, said Che Zahra
Restaurant Runner is encouraging hospitality outlets from all over Adelaide to sign up to be featured on the app.
With tens of thousands of hospitality staff already losing jobs in South Australia, the Restaurant Runner team said they 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.
Photo inside Jimmy's Restaurant, supplied by Restaurant Runner