Multiple restaurants have partnered to provide cheap delivery to Cortez residents amid the pandemic.
Cortez Eatz, which formed in December, offers $5 delivery from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Orders can be delivered to customers who live between U.S. Highway 491 and Colorado Highway 145 to the east and west, and Road G and Road L to the north and south. Restaurants taking part include: Blondie’s Trophy Room, Cold Stone Creamery, Gustavo’s Mexican Restaurant & Bar, J. Fargo’s Family Dining & Micro Brewery, La Casita de Cortez, Lotsa Pasta & That’za Pizza, Loungin’ Lizard, Mi Mexico, Mona Makes, Stonefish Sushi and The Wigglin’ Pig.
Jeremy Yarbrough, owner of Cortez’s Cold Stone Creamery, started the informal service after talking to other restaurateurs about the lack of delivery services in the area.
He volunteered to answer the phones, and some of his younger employees deliver food.
Yarbrough, who owns another Cold Stone in Farmington, noted that GrubHub would charge them a 25% fee, forcing the business to offset that by raising their prices proportionately.
“We didn’t want to do that here, so we just keep it simple with the $5 delivery fee,” Yarbrough said.
The $5 fee goes to the driver, along with any tips.
Yarbrough mentioned that while it’s not something he intends to do forever, it has been a worthwhile endeavor.
“It’s not a really a business per se,” Yarbrough said. “But I think it’s helped. It’s definitely been worth our time to do.”