Healthy fast-food chain Leon aims to create 600 jobs in Ireland by 2023
Healthy fast-food chain Leon plans to open 20 restaurants across Ireland over the next five years, creating 600 jobs.
The news comes as the UK group announced its first Irish location in Dublin’s Temple Bar, opening in May this year.
The London-based chain will open a second Leon outlet in Dundrum Town Centre later in 2019.
Leon’s food is based around the Mediterranean diet. The team said it will work with local Irish suppliers to bring their menu to Ireland.
Stuart Fitzgerald, Alan O’Neill and Brian McIntyre are behind the company announcing its expansion here.
Mr Fitzgerald said: "We are absolutely delighted to finally reveal that Ireland’s first Leon will be located at the former Eager Beaver shop in Temple Bar."
"We are very proud to be able to say we will be making such a positive impact on the Irish economy over the next five years with the creation of 600 jobs and using so many Irish suppliers in our various locations across the country. We are so excited to be bringing a unique brand like Leon to Ireland."
There are currently 63 Leon restaurants worldwide, over 50 of which are in the UK.
Most recently it opened its first US restaurant in Washington, and will open a second restaurant this summer in Mount Vernon Triangle DC.