Frankie and Marco saddle up for capital

FRANKIE DETTORI’S restaurant venture with celebrity chef Marco Pierre White is to open for business in Ireland.

The franchise for Frankie’s Bar and Grill has been acquired by Dublin-based hospitality group Fitzers, which is understood to be investing €5 million in the opening of the its first outlet in Dublin next September, creating 30 jobs.

The restaurant will seat up to 150 people but its exact location has yet to be revealed.

Once the Dublin outlet has been established the group will explore other locations in Ireland.

Director of Fitzers Geraldine Fitzpatrick said: “Frankie’s, as a vibrant and affordable Italian Bar and Grill, will thrive in Dublin and enable us to explore new markets.

“We are delighted to be associated with Marco Pierre White, whose expertise will strengthen the Fitzers brand, giving us the competitive edge in our sector.”

The celebrity duo founded Frankie’s Bar & Grill restaurant franchise in London in 2004.

The restaurant chain is located in London hotspots such as Knightsbridge, Putney, Chiswick and Selfridges as well as Dubai and Shanghai.

Fitzers operates four restaurants in Dublin, which includes a cafe in the National Gallery of Ireland. Frankie’s Bar and Grill is the latest in a series of high profile restaurant chains to announced an expansion in the Irish market.

Earlier this year Italian restaurant and food shop Carluccio’s said it has plans to expand its business here following positive trading.

Carluccio’s opened its first outlet in Dublin in March this year and said as a result of the store’s success it is now in a position to consider other locations.

Plans for outlets in Cork and Belfast are being considered and the company is also looking at opening three further outlets in Dublin, including shopping centres, such as Dundrum.

Also Argentinean steakhouse Gaucho Grill, popular with many of Britain’s top footballers, has identified Ireland as a target for its expansion plans.

The group has 10 restaurants in Britain, nine in London and one in Manchester. It also has one in Amsterdam.

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