LOS ANGELES – This month, Pizza Hut increases its pilot beer delivery program to nearly 100 locations in Arizona and California, Reuters reports. The chain began testing beer delivery at the end of last year in Phoenix in an effort to differentiate from the competition, like Domino’s Pizza, which doesn’t delivery beer but recently started delivering to 150,000 new “hotspots” at U.S. beaches, parks and other destinations lacking a traditional address.
Arizona cities part of the expanded Pizza Hut test include Winslow, Tucson and Prescott, while California locations include Bakersfield, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Santa Barbara. More than 1,700 units have liquor licenses, out of the chain’s 6,300 U.S. restaurants. “Many Pizza Hut restaurants are already licensed to serve and distribute beer, without third party services, additional fees, or extended wait times,” said Zipporah Allen, Pizza Hut chief marketing officer.
Pizza Hutt’s alcohol delivery drivers must be at least 21 years old and will receive training in local liquor laws. Those drivers also will be able to hold back the beer if customers can’t verify they’re over 21.
Other restaurants have been dabbling in delivery as well. McDonald’s announced earlier this year that it had solved the problem of delivering soggy fries, while Jack in the Box has teamed up with Postmates for delivery. GetGo is partnering with Grub Hub to deliver prepared foods, and Burger King and Popeyes are also testing delivery.