GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Most of the fun of a tiki bar is the atmosphere, such as what you would find Max’s South Seas Hideaway if it weren’t for pandemic restrictions.
But you can still feed your desire for Max’s tiki food (pupu platter anyone?) and for classic tiki bar drinks, from mai tais to more original concoctions.
All will be delivered by Max’s own servers and bartenders. "We're keeping them employed delivering food for us,” says owner Mark Sellers.
They’re also saving money.
“The fees that are charged by these third-party delivery services, like DoorDash, are really high. ... I mean, 30 to 40% of the order. And so, let's say you pay $20 for something. Six dollars, roughly, goes to DoorDash. And then the restaurant will get the $14. So we take a big hit on that order. When we self-deliver, we have to pay the employees’ wages, but we don't have to worry about the commission to DoorDash. And we also get to manage the quality of the delivery process ourselves rather than having people that don't work for us delivering.”
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