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If you love carbs and your couch, we have some amazing news for you. Olive Garden just announced a new partnership with Amazon, which means you might be able to get breadsticks and pasta delivered right to your doorstep. Olive Garden’s parent company, Darden Restaurants, dropped the news on a recent earnings call.
While the details are not yet clear, CEO Eugene Lee said, “We have a test going with [Amazon]. We’ll continue to partner with them and see if we can make that work.”
The partnership is made possible through Amazon Prime Restaurants, where you can enter your zip code to see which restaurants offer delivery through the service, currently available in 32 U.S. cities. You must be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage. While orders over $40 are free, those between $20 and $39.99 come with a $4.99 delivery fee, and those between $10 and $19.99 clock in at a $6.99 fee.
Olive Garden is hoping to capitalize on their popularity with millenials to make the delivery partnership a success. According to the National Restaurant Association, 74% of millenials said they would order delivery from a table-service restaurant if available, compared to 56% of all adults.
Indeed, Olive Garden is not the only restaurant to test out delivery. McDonald’s has partnered with UberEATS to make Big Macs, fries and more available through the app. It will cost you a $4.99 delivery fee to get your fast-food favorites on demand. One advantage over traditional delivery? You can track exactly when your order will arrive through the app, down to the minute.
Restaurant delivery services are becoming so popular that there are now even delivery-only restaurants. These app-based restaurants offer delivery and/or carryout only, and have no traditional dining rooms. Add in meal-delivery kits like Blue Apron, which offers customers delivery of fresh ingredients and recipes to prepare meals at home, and you might never need to leave your house for food again. Happy ordering!