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Uber now will deliver dinner to hungry Wichitans

Uber has been giving Wichita rides for a while now.

But starting today, the ride-sharing service will also bring Wichita dinner.

Uber has just launched its UberEATS, an app-based program, in Wichita. People who download the app and sign in with their Uber account information will be able to order food from 40 different participating restaurants, including favorites like Meddys, NuWay, Delano Barbeque Company, Molino’s Mexican Cuisine and more.

UberEATS uses its existing drivers to pick up and deliver food quickly, said Aaron Emrich, the Austin-based general manager for the program in Kansas, who is a Wichita native. He said the program is already popular in more than 100 U.S. cities. UberEATS started in 2015.

There’s a $5.99 delivery fee per order for UberEATS, he said, but there’s no limit to how many meals can be ordered in a single transaction. The restaurants won’t charge anything more for their food than they normally do, and they’ll make their full menus available.

For now, drivers will deliver to downtown as well as Eastborough, Oatville, Riverside, Park East and Springdale.

People pay using the cards they set up using their Uber accounts. They’re allowed to tip the drivers but not required to, Emrich said.

Wichita already has a few other already-established delivery services, like Wichita 2 Go.

“The one thing that initially sets us apart is that we have the Uber transportation logistics network able to rely upon and depend upon,” Emrich said.

To try out UberEATS, download the free app for iOS or Android, login with your Uber acount and start clicking. You’ll be able to see when your order is picked up and delivered.

First-time users can get two free deliveries with the promo code EATSWICHITA now through November 31, 2017.

More restaurants will appear on the screen as they open throughout the day.

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