UberEATS is launching in Pittsburgh

At least that’s what its drivers are told.

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MJ Slaby

UberEATS, the ridesharing company’s food delivery option, is coming to Pittsburgh. But the company won’t exactly confirm it just yet.

In a Monday email with the subject line “You’re Invited,” Uber told drivers about the upcoming launch.

We hope you’re excited! Next week, Pittsburgh residents will be able to get food from their favorite local restaurants delivered through UberEATS, with your help!

The email also included links to an information session at Uber’s Greenlight Hub on Ellsworth Avenue and an online resource for Pittsburgh drivers about UberEATS.

But Uber spokesman Craig Ewer would only say this Tuesday about the Pittsburgh launch: “We’re cooking up a big announcement for next week, so set the table and stay tuned.”

The UberEATS app (iOS, Google Play) allows users to call an Uber, but for their food. The ridesharing company partners with local restaurants to make their food available through the app. It’s currently offered in 71 cities. In Philly, UberEATS launched in August with about 100 partner restaurants and is now up to more than 700, Billy Penn reported.

Ewer declined to answer questions about how the app would work in Pittsburgh, such as which restaurants the app would pair with or how drivers can join. But at least one local restaurant is already saying it’s on the app.

As far as what this means for drivers, Ewer declined to give details, but said that in Philly, drivers can pick between driving for UberX, UberEATS or both. This allows drivers with a two-door car — who can’t pick up riders — to work for Uber through food delivery, he said.

In the same style of Uber rides, the total amount in the app is for both food and delivery with no need to tip, according to the UberEATS website. There is sometimes an extra fee for “busy areas” that company explains as a way to make sure you get your food when you want it. The company says the average order time from start to finish is 30 minutes.

Users pay with their Uber account, can track orders, look up restaurants by speed, price and dietary requirements and schedule orders up to an hour before and as far as a week out, per Uber.