Chapel Hill-based takeout app helps connect restaurants with customers

Orange County News

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Takeout Central is helping to connect restaurants with customers. The company started back in Chapel Hill in 1996 and has since grown.

The app allows people to order food from their favorite restaurants have it delivered at the time and place they want.

One of their drivers, Marina Nenveta showed CBS 17 how the app works. 

Being a driver with Takeout Central is Nenveta’s second job. In the morning and early afternoon, she works in a restaurant as a cashier. In the last part of the afternoon she started that other job.

“Here for my work for delivery, it’s a little better. Because I’ve seen some people don’t want to go to the restaurants. They stay at home,” Nenveta said.

“Lately we’ve seen an uptick in restaurants contacting us to do more business with us because they’re in house business has gone down considerably,” said Chad Keppen, the Vice-President of Delivery Operations with Takeout Central. 

As the coronavirus has spreads, the number of people going out to restaurants has declined.

“Business is down roughly 50 percent from last week and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get better any time soon,” said Thomas Havrish, the owner of Lugano Ristorante.

Havrish said takeout keeps the money coming in, meaning he hasn’t had to layoff any of his workers — at least not yet. 

Takeout Central has stepped in to help those workers. 

“We’ve actually put out an offer to help their staff, if they have staff that they’ve had to lay off. We will actually hire them on for a temporary basis,” Havrish said.

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