The Lake Charles founded food delivery platform Waitr is expanding thanks to a $10 million investment from an investor group led by Saints Quarterback Drew Brees. President and CEO Chris Meaux says Waitr is currently in 18 cities in four states, and this new funding will allow them to open 24 new markets this year.
“We will continue to expand throughout Louisiana and the surrounding states. Really throughout an 11 state area in the southeast and the central valley of California,” Meaux said.
Meaux says Alexandria and Monroe are next to get Waitr, and maybe Houma after that. He says the company hires a lot of people in the state, which is something that attracted Brees to work with them. He says the quarterback is also in the restaurant business himself.
“We work with one of his restaurants, Walk-Ons, and in his words we had done such a good job with Walk-Ons he wanted to see more of what we’re about. So it’s been exciting to have him on our team,” Meaux said.
The smartphone app, which is available on Google Play and in the Apple Store, allows users to order food from local restaurants for carryout or delivery. Meaux says they try to make ordering as easy as possible for the consumer. He says they call it frictionless dining.
“It doesn’t matter what city you’re in, if Waitr is available in that city, you can find local restaurants and great food and have it delivered to your door,” Meaux said.