Hammerson, on behalf of the Dundrum Partnership, has partnered with Naturally Fast Food brand, LEON, to open a flagship restaurant in Dundrum Town Centre.
LEON was founded in 2004 by John Vincent and Henry Dimbleby along with renowned chef Allegra McEvedy, to provide fast food that tastes good, does you good, is affordable and is kind to the planet. Ever since, it has been expanding across the UK, Europe and America with a mission to reach every major city in the world. Most recently it has opened restaurants in Oslo, Rotterdam and Washington D.C. LEON currently has 61 restaurants across the globe with 52 in the UK, and plans to roll out 20 outlets across Ireland by 2023.
LEON will occupy 1,886 sq ft in the Upper Pembroke District of the centre. The new dining brand will form part of a wider development that will reposition existing retail units to create four new restaurants and additional leisure space. The scheme will enhance the breadth of exceptional dining concepts at Dundrum even further. The new restaurants will sit alongside Harvey Nichols, the existing restaurants and outside dining terrace.
The first restaurants within the Dundrum redevelopment are set to open in the last quarter of 2019.
Simon Betty, Director of Retail for Ireland at Hammerson, said: “LEON is a quality brand and a great addition to the centre’s culinary mix. It sets the tone for the outstanding dining and leisure environment the Pembroke District will provide for customers.”
Stuart Fitzgerald from LEON Ireland said: “Dundrum Town Centre is a phenomenal retail and leisure destination and we are incredibly excited about opening one of our first LEONs there in late 2019. We chose Dundrum because it is an iconic location that consistently delivers an exceptional experience to shoppers and visitors. We can’t wait to play our part by bringing naturally fast food to visitors very soon.”
Fine food emporium Fallon & Byrne is also set to open a new flagship food hall, delicatessen and restaurant in Pembroke Square. Other recent additions to the centre include Rituals, The Couture Club and Folkster.