The cat first came out of the bag last month when Reddit user u/KendallNeff placed a Grubhub order for a Pasqually’s Pizza & Wings in Philadelphia, believing it to be a local business, only to discover that it had the same address as a Chuck E. Cheese’s, according to Food & Wine, which reported the incident at the end of April. The publication found dozens of other “Pasqually’s” listings on Grubhub across the U.S., all sharing addresses with the kids' restaurant.
In actuality, the CEC Entertainment company claims Pasqually’s is its latest venture.
“CEC Entertainment, Inc. recently launched Pasqually’s Pizza & Wings nationwide. The inspiration was rooted in the desire to create a premium pizza while staying true to the CEC brand,” said a Chuck E. Cheese spokesperson in a statement.
There are no other indications on Grubhub that the restaurant belonged to the chain, other than people who might be aware that Pasqually is a Chuck E. Cheese character. The Grubhub site features a Pasqually's logo and lists more than 400 locations.
People's usage of delivery apps has only increased since the spread of COVID-19 has people quarantined to their homes. But this incident shows just how imperfect the world of delivery apps can be, on top of previous concerns surrounding protections and adequate compensation for delivery workers.