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Billionaire pub boss Justin Hemmes takes on UberEats and launches a food delivery app

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  • Justin Hemmes takes on UberEats by launching his own home delivery app
  • Because of COVID-19, he was forced to close more than 60 of his catering establishments
  • In an effort to keep his employees employed, Mr. Hemmes will launch a delivery platform
  • Here’s how you can help people affected by Covid-19

Billionaire Baron Justin Hemmes takes on UberEats and Menulog by launching his own home delivery app.

The Merivale boss has been forced to shut down over 60 of his catering establishments due to the coronavirus pandemic and is collecting and delivering for the rest.

But in an effort to keep his employees working as a delivery guy, Mr. Hemmes is preparing to launch a delivery platform that will match UberEats, MenuLog and Deliveroo.

Billionaire pub baron Justin Hemmes (pictured with Lara Bingle) takes on UberEats and Menulog by launching his own home delivery app

Billionaire pub baron Justin Hemmes (pictured with Lara Bingle) takes on UberEats and Menulog by launching his own home delivery app

The Merivale boss was forced to shut down over 60 of his catering establishments because of the coronavirus pandemic (Image: Honey Fisher, Justin Hemmes and Alexandra Agoston-O'Connor)

The Merivale boss was forced to shut down over 60 of his catering establishments due to the coronavirus pandemic (Image: Honey Fisher, Justin Hemmes and Alexandra Agoston-O'Connor)

The Merivale boss was forced to shut down over 60 of his catering establishments because of the coronavirus pandemic (Image: Honey Fisher, Justin Hemmes and Alexandra Agoston-O’Connor)

Forced to shut down over 60 of his catering establishments due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Merivale boss is picking up and delivering for the others (Image: Coogee Pavillion)

Forced to shut down over 60 of his catering establishments due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Merivale boss is picking up and delivering for the others (Image: Coogee Pavillion)

Forced to shut down over 60 of his catering establishments due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Merivale boss is picking up and delivering for the others (Image: Coogee Pavillion)

Mr. Hemmes plans to continue the Merivale food delivery service when restaurants are allowed to reopen.

“We’re still going through the details and completing locations, so (it’s) not quite ready to announce yet,” he said. The Daily Telegraph .

“(But) we’re launching takeaway at more of our locations and our own home delivery service with Merivale employees.”

The pub baron made the decision to deliver home after his first takeaway ‘Pick Up at Totti’s’ had a resounding success.

Merivale’s first improvised takeaway was launched when the coronavirus restrictions were first implemented in March.

Mr. Hemmes chose to introduce the same takeaway service from other high-end restaurants such as Fred’s in Paddington and Bert’s in The Newport.

Merivale's first improvised takeaway was launched when the coronavirus restrictions were first implemented in March (Image: Palmer & Co in Sydney's CBD)

Merivale's first improvised takeaway was launched when the coronavirus restrictions were first implemented in March (Image: Palmer & Co in Sydney's CBD)

Merivale’s first improvised takeaway was launched when the coronavirus restrictions were first implemented in March (Image: Palmer & Co in Sydney’s CBD)

Mr Hemmes (pictured with former girlfriend Kate Fowler) chose to introduce the same takeout service from other high-end restaurants such as Fred's in Paddington and Bert's in The Newport

Mr Hemmes (pictured with former girlfriend Kate Fowler) chose to introduce the same takeout service from other high-end restaurants such as Fred's in Paddington and Bert's in The Newport

Mr Hemmes (pictured with former girlfriend Kate Fowler) chose to introduce the same takeout service from other high-end restaurants such as Fred’s in Paddington and Bert’s in The Newport

Diners can order ready meals in a box which they then prepare at home.

But Mr. Hemmes’ new internal delivery platform allows guests to have meals delivered to them without the thirty-five percent commission charged by UberEats and Deliveroo.

A source said the food delivery app could also be offered to other companies, but Mr. Hemmes said he was ‘not sure yet’.

High-end restaurants that have only ever eaten had to resort to takeaway and home delivery after social distance laws led to businesses being closed.

In an effort to keep his employees working as a delivery guy, Mr. Hemmes is preparing to launch a delivery platform that will match UberEats and MenuLog (Pictured: a food delivery guy)

In an effort to keep his employees working as a delivery guy, Mr. Hemmes is preparing to launch a delivery platform that will match UberEats and MenuLog (Pictured: a food delivery guy)

In an effort to keep his employees working as a delivery guy, Mr. Hemmes is preparing to launch a delivery platform that will match UberEats and MenuLog (Pictured: a food delivery guy)

Mr. Hemmes' new in-house delivery platform allows guests to have meals delivered to them without the thirty five percent commission charged by UberEats and Deliveroo (Image: Bar Charlie Parker)

Mr. Hemmes' new in-house delivery platform allows guests to have meals delivered to them without the thirty-five percent commission charged by UberEats and Deliveroo (Image: Bar Charlie Parker)

Mr. Hemmes’ new in-house delivery platform allows guests to have meals delivered to them without the thirty five percent commission charged by UberEats and Deliveroo (Image: Bar Charlie Parker)

Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian of New South Wales announced Tuesday the relaxation of the coronavirus restrictions after Australia registered just seven new cases of the virus on Monday.

“From May 1, Friday, two adults will be able to visit someone else’s home based on care, based on reducing isolation and everyone’s mental health,” said the prime minister.

However, most businesses other than essential services remain closed and the state hopes to ease restrictions in the coming months.

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