A WARRNAMBOOL pair have extended a lifeline to the city's crumbling hospitality sector by bringing their own offshoot of Uber Eats to town.
Alex Walder and Tia Hinkley have launched their new business FasterFood, giving local eateries access to food delivery without introducing any extra costs.
Mr Walder said the idea came about before the coronavirus pandemic but was now more important than ever.
"We want to help keep the doors of take away establishments in Warrnambool open in these trying times," he said.
"The hospitality industry has no doubt received a shock with the emergence of COVID-19 in Australia leaving restaurants without many options.
"We saw a gap in the market and wanted to give customers new ways of accessing food and keeping people employed during this challenging crisis."
Through a custom-built chat bot, FasterFood tallies the delivery fee based on the customers distance from the restaurant, where a delivery fee is then applied at no cost to the restaurant.
"People pay by cash or card on delivery and we pay the business in full for the order, then charge the customers a delivery fee on top for the driver," he said.
"We'll partner with any business, no strings attached.
"I'm Warrnambool born and bred and unfortunately the local hospitality industry is not going to look the same ever again. No-one saw it coming.
"We would love to help keep doors open a bit longer."
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