“Jamie’s Italin” To Open Doors In Dublin Too
Taking a break from his fight for a food revolution in schools, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has decided to focus on business. The health food advocate is going to open a new eatery in Dublin, Ireland later this year, which will be a branch of “Jamie’s Italian.” The 36-year-old has described the opening of the latest branch of his restaurant as a “dream come true.” How sweet! Read on to know more:
1) The New Branch
“Jamie’s Italian” already has 28 branches across the UK, in addition to restaurants in Sydney and Dubai. However, the Dublin branch, spread over 4,500 sq ft of area, would be his first venture in Ireland. The Irish “Jamie’s Italian” is going to be located in the Pembroke area at the Dundrum Town Centre and the opening will, probably, be held this autumn. To look after the overall operations of his Dublin branch, Jamie has already appointed Gerry Fitzpatrick, a local restaurateur. Describing this venture, Oliver said, “Jamie’s Italian opening in Dublin is a dream come true for me because it’s a city I’ve loved for many years.”
2) More Good News!
The restaurant branch in Dublin is not just a good business expansion for Jamie or a good dining option for lovers of Italian cuisine in the city. More good is going to come out of it because Jamie has promised that when the restaurant opens its doors to public this autumn, he will have created 75 jobs within the branch. In fact, he has already started recruiting senior chefs and managers for his new restaurant. In this regard, Jamie said, “Anyone who has been to a Jamie's Italian in the UK knows that we're all about delicious, affordable food and great staff, so we're currently on the hunt for around 75 fantastic local people to join our team as chefs and front-of-house staff.” He further added, “So we’re currently on the hunt for around 75 fantastic local people to join our team as chefs and front of house staff. We’ll be sourcing loads of wonderful local produce to give the place a really special feel. I can’t wait for us to be open.” In fact, Marcos Georgiou, Jamie’s international operations chef is already making rounds of farms and factories throughout Ireland to source potential farmers.
3) The Challenges
If you take a look at the celebrity chefs who have backed out of their Irish ventures in recent times, you may tend to feel a bit skeptical about Jamie’s venture too. Star chefs like Gary Rhodes and Jean-Christophe Novelli have abandoned their Irish branches because their restaurants did not meet the desired success. So, what would happen to “Jamie’s Italian” in Dublin? Well, for one, his “affordable” restaurant doesn’t face any such problem because his new outlet will have the same reasonably priced dishes that he serves in his branches across the UK. In fact, Jamie is quite hopeful that the unprecedented success enjoyed by his restaurant elsewhere will also get duplicated in the tough Irish market.
“Jamie’s Italian” restaurants have earned kudos everywhere for their famous dishes and reasonable prices. Whether the restaurant enjoys the same success rate in Dublin or not will be finalized only when it opens the doors in autumn this year.