Chinese street food restaurant Noodlee has announced a €3 million investment across Cork city and county as it is set to open 15 new stores of chain in the coming months, resulting in the creation of up to 200 jobs.
The decision to expand the brand further afield comes following the initial success of two of its stores - one located in Avenue De Rennes in Mahon, and the flagship store next to UCC on Western Road.
Three additional stores in Carrigaline, Fermoy and Mallow will open in the coming weeks.
The restaurant's concept was developed by owner Song Ye, who is also behind Fudi and more restaurants in both Douglas and Blackpool.
Explaining the concept and ethos of Noodlee, he said, "Noodlee in Chinese culture means Chinese street food and that’s exactly what we are pioneering in all of our Cork restaurants. We believe this is the future for Asian and Chinese cuisine - both in Ireland and internationally. People have become increasingly more health conscious in recent years and Noodlee represents a healthier and affordable nutritious option for takeaway food.
"We have a long tradition of offering our customers affordable, tasty and high-quality food through Fudi and More and our existing Noodlee stores and that will continue.
"We will continue to maintain our highest standards of food and hospitality excellence and continue working closely with our Irish producers and suppliers for our high-quality poultry and meats,
"We're very proud of this brand and we are excited to expand further and bring it to more local communities across Cork. Our goal was to create Chinese food that was 'as close as it gets' to the real thing and our feedback from our Asian customers is that it is 95% there.
"We're very excited to bring our latest stores to Carrigaline, Mallow and Fermoy this month and we’re currently recruiting for staff across our existing stores, you can apply by contacting [email protected]."
It is expected that Noodlee restaurants will open in Douglas, Ballincollig and Middleton shortly after its newest stores open, followed by an additional three stores in Blackpool, Mayfield and Cobh, with discussions continuing for other locations.
Ye said that the long-term goal for the brand is to become an international franchise. There is already one Noodlee restaurant in the UK, located in Nottingham.
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