Friday 19 January 2018

Popular Irish-owned food chain expands to London

Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

The Brody Sweeney owned chain of Thai restaurants Camile has opened its first restaurant and takeaway in London.

The chain, which currently has fifteen restaurants in Ireland, says on its UK website that it was voted the healthiest takeaway in Ireland for the past three years.

“We are delighted to now be in London... it just shows that we are doing things right,” the company says.

Sweeney, who was previously behind the O’Briens sandwich group, set up Camile after the sandwich business went into liquidation in 2009.

This is the first time the chain has expanded outside of the island of Ireland.

Currently the chain has twelve restaurants in Dublin, one in Limerick, one in Sligo, and one in Belfast.

The group offers franchise options to businesses, however it stipulates on its website that it will only consider opening a restaurant in a town if the town has a minimum population of 20,000 people.

The group advises that in setting up a Camile franchise, the total investment required will be between €250k and €400k.

Under its franchising terms the group with charge a franchisee 5pc of net sales as a management service fee, while another 5pc of net sales will go towards “a national advertising fund, which is used to build the brand nationally and locally.”

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