Aurora seeks to cap third-party grocery supply costs

AURORA, Colorado – A member of Aurora City Council has tabled a bill to temporarily cap delivery fees from third-party companies like Grubhub and Uber Eats through March to help businesses already affected by the coronavirus pandemic survive winter months during hard life.

“The next few months are going to be a really challenging time for our restaurants,” said Curtis Gardner, Aurora City Councilor.

It’s already been a tough year for the catering industry. Now the colder weather will add another challenging layer to the mix. Much of these outdoor meals have to be moved indoors with drastically reduced capacities.

“I’ve heard of several restaurants. Many have held back to offer delivery through the services because of the cost and many have told me they need a lifeline, ”said Gardner, who introduced the bill.

“It’s something I support that we slow delivery companies down to 15%,” said Sam’s No. 3 Aurora owner Patrick Armatas.

Some of these fees can reach 30%.

“At first, restaurants have such little leeway,” said Armatas.

At Sam’s # 3 in Aurora, they were without a delivery service for five years until the pandemic broke out.

“It’s a necessary important part and not just for us but for the people who are at home,” said Armatas.

His restaurant is good enough to bargain 15%. Others had to pay what they have to.

“It’s better for everyone. Will this tide raise all ships? “, He added.

“You really can only step into this market and make some money because you can really only sit in some portions of the state’s 25% capacity,” said Mollie Steinemann, Colorado Restaurant Association manager for local government affairs.

It’s hard enough to pay the bills at 25%. Most do not want to imagine what a home order could cost them now.

“I think we all hope and wish we can stick with it, but the real problem that could arise is that we are all going to shut down again and are just in run mode. That’s not far from reality, ”said Armatas.

Limiting the damage by limiting delivery service fees can mean the difference between open and permanent closings.

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