A community mobile app has been launched to help Frankston and Mornington Peninsula food businesses connect directly with their customers. Frankston entrepreneur and Bizz Apps founder Dave Wilton has created the Bite Local app to help restaurants and cafes go mobile and engage with a broader customer base at lower costs.
“When COVID-19 hit, I was disheartened to hear how hard the restaurant industry was hit,” Dave said. “Two of my kids and many friends were working in hospitality and, like thousands of others, were stood down from their jobs. To compound the issue, food businesses are paying certain big-name delivery and app software companies up to 35 per cent commission for their takeaway/delivery services. I want to help the community support local business by buying direct.”
Bite Local has a small monthly membership fee for restaurants that wish to be featured. This gives them their own page and menu on the app, food ordering/receiving, online table reservation feature (if applicable) and a food ordering button added to their website or Facebook page. There is also an option to add delivery driver management software if required. All this is with no up-front cost, no commissions or other ongoing fees. Businesses that already have digital food-ordering capabilities can still be featured and linked into the app for a reduced monthly fee.
“Dine-in is back on as an option, which is fantastic, but consumer appetite for takeaway food will remain strong, especially as many people continue to work from home for years to come,” Dave said. “I really hope that everyone in the Frankston and Mornington Peninsula area, including tourists, download the app. This will encourage more restaurants to sign up, to help them drive sales and save on costs. It will be a win-win for our community.”
Bite Local is free to download from the App Store or Google Play Store.
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