Tuesday 21 November 2017

American diner on the way in Wexford

By David Tucker

The former Opera Steakhouse, soon to be a 'Rockin Joe's' diner
The former Opera Steakhouse, soon to be a 'Rockin Joe's' diner

A new American-style diner is to open in the Cornmarket.

'Rockin Joe's' diner will be located in the former Opera Steakhouse premises opposite Wexford Arts Centre.

'We'll be open in Wexford's Cornmarket very soon! The countdown is on!,' the company says in a Facebook entry, followed by another entry saying it is looking for a restaurant manager to drive the new diner's operation.

Last September, its parent company Travel Diner Ltd was refused planning permission for a 'Rockin Joes' diner which would have been built in the former Ned Buggy premises between Selskar Street and the old town library, facing into the Sam McCauley car park.

Limerick businessmen Brian Dunne and Joseph O'Riordan, from 'Rockin Joes', have partnered with Wexford businessman Rob Murphy, from Abrekakebra in North Main Street, to create the new business, which will be the 12th in the rapidly-expanding 'Rockin Joes' chain.

Mr Dunne said around €250,000 would be invested in the new business which would create up to 30 jobs. The diner will cover some 2,500 square feet.

Mr O'Riordan and Mr Dunne were part of the Eddie Rocket company from 1999 until they set up the new 'Rockin Joes' concept two years ago.

The company already has a similar diner in Waterford and decided on Wexford for its next step after looking at the town and forming the opinion that there was a gap in the market for their casual dining restaurant concept in the town.

'We will probably be open early in the spring,' said Mr Dunne, who opened his 11th 'Rockin Joe's' in Drogheda last month.

'There's a lovely bit of character in the building, we're very happy with it,' Mr Dunne told this newspaper.

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