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Tuesday 17 September 2019

Leon restaurants vow to 'redefine idea of fast food'

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Conor McCrave

Conor McCrave

Fast food with a healthy twist is coming to Ireland early next year, courtesy of restaurant chain Leon.

The London-based chain, which claims to serve its customers their orders of wholesome and flavoursome food in 30 seconds, is making its first foray into the Irish market with plans to open two outlets in Dublin.

The first store will open at a city centre location, which is yet to be disclosed, followed by a second store in Dundrum in the first half of 2019.

Leon, whose food is influenced by the Mediterranean diet, hopes to open a further 19 outlets nationwide by 2023.

Dishes on the menu include the ubiquitous smashed avocado, this time on a halloumi muffin, and truffle mushroom poached eggs.

Waterford accountant Stuart Fitzgerald, who has the franchise to bring the Leon brand to Ireland, says his new restaurants will redefine people's ideas of fast food.

"Irish people have certain ideas of what fast food means, but this is going to blow those out of the water," Mr Fitzgerald said.

"Leon is all about really flavoursome food, served to you fast with friendly, fun service in a warm and welcoming environment."

The company, which also styles itself as environmentally friendly and uses mostly compostable packaging and straws, already has more than 60 stores throughout the UK, Norway, the Netherlands and the US.

Irish Independent

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