Thursday 13 December 2018

Healthy eating fast-food chain is coming to Ireland

British fast-food chain Leon has begun expanding into the American and continental markets
British fast-food chain Leon has begun expanding into the American and continental markets
Samantha McCaughren

Samantha McCaughren

Popular British healthy fast-food chain Leon is coming to Ireland after entering into a franchise agreement with an Irish entrepreneur.

Waterford accountant Stuart Fitzgerald, pictured, is understood to have signed off on the deal in recent weeks.

In 2016, Fitzgerald partnered with British entrepreneur Anil Patil to bring the Freshii chain to the UK.

The Leon restaurants cater to those with food allergies and intolerances; and offer dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian diets, as well as low-calorie options.

Leon has begun expanding in America and also has franchise agreements in the Netherlands and Scandinavia.

The chain was founded by John Vincent and Henry Dimbleby with chef Allegra McEvedy and they opened their first outlet in London's Carnaby Street in 2004.

According to the company website, the founders "opened Leon because we wanted to prove that it was possible to serve food that both tastes good and does you good.

"We want to make it easy for people to eat well on the high street. We want to do this in every major city in the world."

Irish Independent

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