Valet company adapting, helping with curbside pickup during the pandemic
A local valet company is trying to keep some of its employees on the payroll by helping restaurants with takeout orders.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – A local valet company is trying to keep some of its employees on the payroll by helping restaurants with takeout orders.
It’s been roughly two months since you could pull up to a restaurant for a sit-down dinner, so you likely haven’t thought about what valets have been doing to get through the pandemic.
“The parking business is dead right now,” explained United Parking Owner Kenneth Zorabedian. “We’re not going to park any cars any time soon.”
But Zorabedian is trying to adapt to these changing times by helping restaurant owners come up with a strategy to safely and efficiently handle curbside pickup. He’s offering his valets to do it for them.
“I built the parking company because the restaurant has enough to deal with inside. So we try to help out with everything from the door to the curb. So we’re still here to do that.”
The customer is notified via text when their order is ready and then the valet will radio inside when the customer arrives.
They then bring their order right to their car.
“It’s helped out tremendously I think it’s a great idea,” said Val Astrologo, Manager of Jacky’s Restaurant Corporation.
Thursday night United Parking worked with Jacky’s Waterplace in Providence.
“I’d say until there’s a vaccine, curbside’s going to be an important part of the business. And it’s going to be a necessary business for a lot of people,” said Astrologo. “Lot of people – if they say ‘Hey you can go into a restaurant tomorrow,’ they’re not coming back. So this gets our product out to you and helps because we’ve been closed the last six weeks.”
The company says they would love to work with restaurants across Rhode Island.