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Sponsor seeks repeal of restaurant delivery fee cap

Says pandemic price-control measure is no longer needed. Move comes as delivery firms sue New York City over its fee cap.

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The Evanston City Council member who sponsored a resolution imposing a 15% cap on third-party food delivery service fees is now calling for its repeal.

Ald. Tom Suffredin (6th) sought the limit on fees last year as a way to ease the financial burden on struggling restaurants during the pandemic.

The new resolution that would lift the cap says that with the widespread availability of COVID-19 vaccines many restaurants have resumed normal operations and the need for limits on third-party delivery fees is coming to an end.

Perhaps not coincidentally, three of the largest food delivery services — Door Dash, Grubhub and Uber Eats — filed a federal court suit against New York City on Thursday challenging that city’s 15% cap on online order fees.

The New York City Council last month voted to make its cap permanent. The companies said the permanent cap “bears no relationship to any public-health emergency,” and is an “unconstitutional, harmful and unnecessary government overreach that should be struck down.”

The new Evanston resolution calls for lifting the delivery fee cap at the end of October.

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