Gerard Fitzpatrick, the individual who launched Jamie's Italian in Dublin's Dundrum Town Centre in 2012, has announced that he's on the verge of successfully negotiating the opening of a second restaurant in Dublin city centre.
Despite news this week of the group closing a number of venues in the UK, Fitzpatrick expressed his confidence in the future of Jamie Oliver's international brand, calling it "a fantastic business."
Commenting on the search for a site for the proposed second Dublin venue, Fitzpatrick said, "It’s location, location, location. You really need to be in the middle of the strongest footfall possible."
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He continued, "Looking for new premises is very difficult. We live in a very small city, and most restaurants want at least 100 seats, which is not easy to come by."
Fitzpatrick also noted that increases in rent make acquiring a site "really tough at the moment."
However, Fitzpatrick is optimistic that a second Dublin restaurant will open within the next six months and hopes that it will be capable of accommodating 60-100 guests.