Clifton Park, NY

Now you can order takeout and support local restaurants in Central NY, in Rensselaer County, NY, and the Berkshires region of Massachusetts with a new LOCAL partnership between and three media companies, announced today.

Readers of The Daily Orange, The Eastwick Press and New England Newspapers can now order from their favorite¬†local¬†restaurants online. This program is unique because it’s 100% FREE for¬†LOCAL¬†restaurants to participate.

‚ÄúThis has been an incredibly challenging time for restaurants. The lockdown has forced many restaurants to close their doors (some permanently). Restaurants need our support right now and this new program will help those who live in these markets¬† to show their support by going online and ordering take-out from your favorite restaurant‚ÄĚ says Katherine Haine,¬†Local¬†Eats¬†partner. ‚ÄúThis program is unique because unlike other expensive online ordering programs,¬†Local¬†Eats¬†is entirely free for the restaurant.‚ÄĚ adds Haine.

These media companies have partnered with Local Eats to help promote the program to  100,000s of LOCAL consumers using print, social and digital advertising. The media partners and Local Eats share in the revenue derived from the Restaurant Support fee, paid for by consumers, while the restaurants earn the full cost of the meal being purchased at the rate they set.  Unlike other online ordering options, there is no monthly fee, transaction charge of upfront fee paid by the restaurants.

Local¬†Eats¬†partner Mark Vinciguerra says, ‚ÄúIn addition to supporting¬†local¬†restaurant‚Äôs,¬†Local¬†Eats¬†and Essentials provides much needed support to¬†local¬†journalism.¬† Literally, it creates a new revenue stream for media partners and helps to fund their newsgathering operations.¬† To say it‚Äôs the proverbial win/win is an understatement.‚ÄĚ

Local Eats is now available in 5 markets throughout upstate NY and Western Massachusetts.  The privately-owned company is continuing to negotiate with other media partners and expects to expand into dozens of more markets over the next few months.

About Local Eats & Essentials: Local Eats is an online takeout service that makes it easy to order from more than one restaurant in your community at a time. The program is free for restaurants and the customer pays a nominal local restaurant support fee (between $1 and $5) depending on the size of their order.