COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Trap Eats, a food delivery service, has become a reality due to the frustration of company founder Sean Black. The service showcases several of its favorite Central Ohio restaurants owned and operated by people of color.
“Trap Eats was personal to me,” said Black. “It started because by using different delivery platforms I would get there and not see the food I wanted to order.”
He explained that popular apps like Uber Eats, DoorDash, and GrubHub provided the convenience he wanted, but lacked the variety of local restaurants, food trucks, and cuisines he said deserved more attention.
“Really investing time, money and resources is not something that is always there for us in our community. So for me personally taking it on is something I wanted to do so that I could do my part, ”he said. “What is the solution to this problem? I was the one who created a platform where I could get all of those bosses, private bosses, and physical locations that I wanted – get them all on one platform.
Trap Eats launched in August 2020, with the first six months testing Columbus’ market reaction to the concept. Black said the welcome was warm.
“When we launched, everyone was at home, everyone was delivering. So it was the perfect time to get started, ”he said.
The launch came shortly before Demetrius Ray opened the Whitehall restaurant Shrimp hut. Ray said partnering with Black and using Trap Eats has helped him expand his customer base.
“With everything going on, the delivery service was just huge. So tapping at that exact moment was just the key to it, ”Ray said.
He explained that being part of a platform dedicated to businesses owned by people of color was also a valuable networking opportunity.
“This app has helped bring together minority businesses and [allowed] meet us and truly grow as a community, ”he said.
The black touts that Trap Eats has become more than a service showcasing its favorite food. It is now a tool that invests in underserved communities.
“We always talk about helping each other grow and investing in our respective businesses. So doing my part was the first step, ”he said.
Black is working to expand the service to Tampa, Florida in the coming months, and Cleveland in 2022.
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