When his football career is over, New Orleans Saints start QB Drew Brees will fall safely back to his increasing restaurant and venture capital businesses. In 2016, the Saints traded for the 6’0” quarterback from the San Diego Charger and Brees has firmly planted his roots in the Big Easy ever since.
Just a few years ago he invested into Walk-Ons Bistreaux and Bar. ESPN named Walk-Ons the Best in the Nation and the restaurant is currently expanding to other cities like San Antonio. But Brees isn’t stopping there. His investment group has infused Waitr, the food-delivery app based out of Louisiana, with $10 million.
Founded in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 2015, the app is currently available in 16 cities including Houston and Baton Rouge. With the investment, founder Chris Meaux looks to expand to 40 cities across the nation.
The happy marriage might not have been possible if it weren’t for Brees’s first venture, Walk-Ons, who heard about the app through his sports bars. “I have seen firsthand how Waitr’s software platform can give a restaurant new revenue streams they might not have otherwise. We have seen the growth in our own restaurants after signing on with Waitr,” Brees said in a statement.
Waitr faces stiff competition from Groupon's OrderUp, UberEATS, GrubHub, and Amazon Restaurants just to name a few. But with the focus on small towns like Lafayette, LA and Beaumont, TX, the app may have found its niche.
You can find the full details of the service here along with the list of markets.