THE owners of the Omniplex Cinema group are hoping to pique the interest of some of the bigger restaurant chains as they aim to construct a brand new restaurant building adjacent to their cinema in Drinagh.
Andersons aim to transform the brownfield site on the side of the main Rosslare Road into a state of the art restaurant which would be ideally suited for a ‘diner’ or chain restaurant, complimenting the offering of the cinema next door.
"It’s certainly an interesting one,” said Colum Murphy of Kehoe & Associates, who have the listing. “The plan from the owners is to speak with interested parties and agree a deal before construction begins. However, that could be subject to change and they may opt to build the restaurant in advance either.
"There’s a lot of work to be done in terms of negotiating terms with interested parties, but the landlord would build it and it would be available on a long-term lease with flexible terms in relation to fit-out and specification.”
The sales pitch notes that the restaurant would be located in close proximity of major employers such as Coca-Cola, Waters Technology, Wexford Enterprise Centre, Kerlogue Business Park and Drinagh Retail Park as well as being situated at the side of one of the busiest access roads into Wexford town with large volumes of passing traffic.
The potential to link in with the cinema’s offering is also sure to be of interest.
"I would see it as being perfect for a diner or a chain established elsewhere,” Mr Murphy said. “It would tie in perfectly with cinema goers and the cinema would be the main attraction there at evenings and weekends.”
In terms of the potential annual rent a restaurant like this could command, he added that it would come down to terms to be agreed with potential occupiers.
"There are too many variables to have a precise price,” Colum said. “It would depend on construction costs and also on the level of fit-out required. For example, the rent of a shell-finish would differ greatly to a completed restaurant.”
Regardless, the artists’ images of what the finished product would look like are certainly eye-catching and no doubt the people of Wexford will be looking on with interest to see what restaurateurs, if any, bite on the location.