Lower Merion High School junior Jonathan Xu and senior Elliot Ginzburg wanted to help local restaurants that have been negatively impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic. So, they created Yumez (pronounced Yum-Ease), a startup that will help hungry potential customers connect with local restaurants and get money-saving deals.
Subscribers can text phrases like, "Nearby Chinese," or "Pizza in my area," to receive promotional deals sent to their phones. Then subscribers can place orders by texting or calling the restaurant.
The startup will launch officially on Friday, March 19, 2021, at Yapple Yogurt in Wynnewood at 1:00 p.m. Already, the students have signed up more than 200 subscribers and a dozen participating restaurants. Neither the subscribers nor the restaurants are charged for the service.
Among the participating eateries:
Coco Thai (Narberth)
Delancey Street Bagels (Wynnewood)
Great American Pub (Narberth)
Larry's Heat and Eat (Penn Wynne)
M2O Burgers (Wynnewood)
Narberth Pizza and Steaks
Primo Hoagies (Ardmore)
Royal Cafe (Narberth)
Sophie's Barbecue (Ardmore)
Tony Roni's (Bala Cynwyd)
Yapple Yogurt (Wynnewood)
For more information, you can visit the Yumez website or follow them on Facebook @EatYumEZ or Instagram @eatyumez.