Foodora chose the St. Patrick’s day weekend to launch its beer and wine delivery in Montreal.
The belle province is getting the delivery service before Toronto and Vancouver thanks to its more laissez-faire regulations, according to a PR rep.
“The QC framework proved to be the best positioned,” she wrote in an email. Apparently Quebec regulations allowed them to offer alcohol at retail prices (the same as people would pay in the restaurants themselves). The process to achieving that in BC and Ontario may be longer. For now, there’s no timeline on when those provinces will get the added perk for their orders of jerk chicken and sushi.
Well it’s about time, you might be thinking, if you ever ordered food online and wished it came with wine or a couple beers.
The deal is the same as at the restaurants themselves – you have to order a meal. BUT! IF you order from a depanneur or specialty food store, you don’t. Remember that whole hummus doesn’t count as a main dish picnic debacle? No issues here.
Here’s a note from the press release: “Starting Friday, March 17, customers will be able to order from select partners through the foodora website and mobile apps and have beer and wine delivered directly to their door. To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and introduce customers to its newest feature, foodora will waive its standard delivery fee on all beer and wine orders from high-end grocery chain Alexis Le Gourmand from March 17-31, 2017. Beer and wine delivery will also be available at restaurant prices from other partners, including Brit & Chips, Robin des Bois and Pizzeria Romeo. Foodora plans to add more partners for beer and wine delivery before this summer.”
So far, there don’t seem to be too many restaurants and depanneurs and grocers signed up (“foodora is unable to share a set number at the moment, but are in the process of planning upcoming partnerships,” writes the rep). But that’ll change, I imagine, as people realize they don’t need to fend off blizzards to drink.
How do you stop people from just ordering booze online? The restaurants set up their menus so you can only add beer or wine to your foodora order as an add-on to a meal. The deps and grocers don’t need you to buy food because they have different kinds of licenses. So this can be essentially used as an online beer run. Note that the grocery stores’ (and restaurants’) opening hours might limit the times at which you can order.
Other rules? Yup. You have to live in the foodora delivery zone (south of rue Jean Talon, east of boulevard Décarie, west of rue d’Iberville and north of the Lachine Canal). And expect to get carded if you’re under 25.
Still, cheers to living a province that encourages drinking (responsibly)!