More push back against Uber Eats in Launceston

Smokey Joe's Creole Cafe owner Jon Peterson with staff Nani Juliani, Tom Byrne and Hunter Peterson, refusing to sign up to Uber Eats. Picture: Neil Richardon
Smokey Joe's Creole Cafe owner Jon Peterson with staff Nani Juliani, Tom Byrne and Hunter Peterson, refusing to sign up to Uber Eats. Picture: Neil Richardon

Another long-term Launceston restaurant has added its name to the list of businesses refusing to sign up to Uber Eats, claiming the app is harming the foodie scene, creating excess waste and ripping off small business.

Smokey Joe's Creole Cafe was established in Launceston in 2002 and has become a mainstay, but owner Jon Peterson is refusing to sign up despite Uber making repeated requests.

He said Uber was turning restaurants into "takeaway joints", placing pressure on kitchens and taking 35 per cent of customer payments.

"It permeates a culture within a region, you can see it everywhere that Uber's been allowed to spread," Mr Peterson said.

"Every item gets placed in a different container. You're sending out bucketloads of disposable packaging.

"I don't want the customers' first impression of my food to be takeaway food."

He was particularly concerned with smaller restaurants who could be pressured into lock-in contracts.

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Shortly after the app launched in Launceston in August, 25 restaurants decided to band together against Uber Eats to "protect their industry".

A spokesperson for Uber Eats said they had been "overwhelmed by the positive response from residents" in Launceston.

"We place a lot of value on establishing long-term relationships with our restaurant partners and we want their businesses to thrive," she said.

The spokesperson said the restaurant service fee gave restaurants access to a wide range of services.

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