WEXFORD could soon have a new American diner.
A planning application is currently before Wexford County Council for a 'Rockin Joes' diner which will be built in the former Ned Buggy premises between Selskar Street and the old town library, facing into the Sam McCauley car park.
Limerick businessmen Brian Dunne and Joseph O'Riordan, from 'Rockin Joes', have partnered with Wexford businessman Rob Murphy, from Abrekakebra in North Main Street, to create the new business, which will be the 11th in the rapidly-expanding 'Rockin Joes' chain.
'We hope to get planning permission in three to four months and hope to open by summer, 2016,' Mr Dunne told this newspaper.
He said around €250,000 would be invested in the new business which would create 20 jobs. The diner would cover some 2,500 square feet.
Mr Dunne and Mr O'Riordan were part of the Eddie Rocket company from 1999 until they set up the new 'Rockin Joes' concept two years ago.
The company already has a similar diner in Waterford and decided on Wexford for its next step after looking at the town and forming the opinion that there was a gap in the market for their casual dining restaurant concept in the town.
'The only thing that would stop us from coming to Wexford is planning,' said Mr Dunne.
The application before the council, submitted in the name of Travel Diner Limited, requests a change of use in Selskar Street from shop use to restaurant use.