Portland city council votes unanimously to extend delivery application fee cap to 10%

Some good news for restaurant and food cart owners using third-party delivery apps: The 10 percent fee cap implemented by Portland City Council in July 2020 will run through February 2023. Plus, check out two new downtown restaurants, and drink up sparkling summer. wine outside.

Continuing Caps Delivery Application

Back in July 2020, when pandemic measures were strong, Portland City Council implemented an ordinance that would temporarily end fees for food delivery and pickup apps like Grubhub, Ubereats and Doordash that can charge restaurants and food carts. capped at 10 percent of the total order cost for all deliveries and pickups; without this cover, Restaurants were often charged around 30 percent of the total cost of the order, which puts a huge strain on restaurants and food carts in an industry notorious for low profit margins. That ordinance was due to expire at the end of June – but at a city council meeting on June 22 members voted on whether to extend the cap for an additional eight months until February 2023.

Several restaurateurs and food carts spoke at the meeting in favor of extending the cover, including ChefStable’s Kurt Hoffman, Sebastiano’s Daniel Gold, and Kim Lee Hwang’s Han Lee Hwang of Kim Jong-Grillan, many of whom cited particularly challenging margins during this period of inflation. . “Portland restaurants are one of the biggest parts, if not the main factor for tourism right now… all of the restaurants and food carts, we’re just trading the same $20 bill. Right now, if you break even like me,” Huang said during the meeting. You win.” “The only thing that [these delivery companies] We can’t do what we’ve already done. We are in Portland, we are taste makers. We have been leaders in the culinary industry globally… We have the opportunity [reset] The way food is delivered in the city.”

Meanwhile, a Grubhub representative spoke in favor of removing the cap, noting that “price controls on commissions such as temporary caps… limit the ability of local restaurants that choose to promote their business on third-party platforms… to increase visibility, and find New customers, engaging regular customers.”

All board members present – JoAnn Hardesty, Mingus Mapps, Dan Ryan, and Mayor Ted Wheeler – voted in favor of extending the cap, with the goal of reassessing regulations around third-party applications in the future. “This is not an equal contest. We have small businesses and food truck owners take on some of the biggest companies in America on a capitalization basis,” Wheeler said. Wrong, and as I’ve heard from one of our restaurants, and I agree, Portland is known for its culinary industry….This new platform, if not bracketed accordingly, threatens it all.”

You can watch the full city council meeting over here.

new mediterranean restaurant Dolly olive Opens quietly in the city center

Back in February, we broke the news that a new restaurant in the southern Mediterranean, Dolly Olive, will occupy the space of Bistro Agnes (527 SW 12th Ave) in late spring. Quietly opening on June 22, the restaurant is now open Wednesday through Saturday from 5 to 9 p.m. It’s the newest restaurant in the Sesame Collective, which also operates Shalom Y’all, Lil’ Shalom, Yalla, the Mediterranean Exploration Company and bless your heart burgers; The opening menu includes handcrafted focaccia, entrées like grilled asparagus and broccoli, a handful of fresh pasta, and main dishes including Spanish octopus and crispy fennel buffett steak. For dessert, get the cannoli, which is a Vernet-flavored ice cream, or the vegan (!!) Spumoni ice cream.

The creators of Avori Open Tanaka, a new place for katsu sandwiches and Japanese pastries

Tanaka, the new Japanese katsu sandwich shop, coffee and pastry from the creators of Afuri, opens June 25 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the West End downtown678 SW 12th Ave). So far, the restaurant’s Instagram page features home-baked shokupan, roasted to order Portland’s Good Coffee, mocha-flavored melonpan, dorayaki, and macaron, and sandwiches ranging from pork katsu to fruit and cream.

Drink wine and eat Hawaiian food Wellespent Market

On June 26 from 1-5 p.m., head to the Wellspent Market car park (935 NE Couch St), the site of many seasonal food parties, for a wine launch party. Portland guesthouse and event space surta summer cooperate with Landmass wine To release its fourth annual edition of sparkling kufi, made this year from Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Grenache and Pinot Noir grapes grown in PNW. There will also be food-themed art for sale from Portland designer Brett Stinson. Plus a brand new Hawaii food cart, Manabua Man PDXwill make his debut at the event, in collaboration with butter maker Daphne K. Jenkins from Uno Mao’s goods.

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