AMERICAN-STYLE diner Eddie Rocket’s is set for blast-off in Portlaoise today (Tuesday) with a Laois woman at the controls.
The company says 25 new jobs have been created with the opening of the restaurant, which cost €500,000 to develop and is based in the Laois Shopping Centre.
The outlet is run by Durrow woman and franchisee Catherine Wilson (née Gilligan), who also runs established diners for the brand in Kilkenny and Carlow. The new diner can accommodate up to 130 people, with seating for 95 inside and a 35-space outdoor seating area.
Eddie Rocket’s Ireland owner Niall Fortune commented: “Catherine has proven to be a very successful franchisee and I know she will make every success of her latest venture in her home county.”
Facing onto James Fintan Lalor Avenue in a unit formerly occupied by Bank of Ireland, the Portlaoise outlet is the 38th Eddie Rocket’s diner in Ireland and has been fitted out with the trademark red PVC booths, neon signs and endless chrome.
Shopping-centre manager Kevin Doyle said he was delighted to welcome a major national brand name, which would bring “great service as well as employment” to Portlaoise.
Last year, Eddie Rocket’s sold 2.5 million hamburgers and over 1,500 tonnes of French fries across Ireland and Europe. The company is expected to have 100 outlets by the end of 2019.