Le Pain Quotidien opens first restaurant at Kildare Village
Kildare Village regarded as 'the perfect fit' for upmarket bakery and restaurant, which is planning a wider expansion into Ireland
30 October 2015 | 0
Global restaurant and boulangerie, Le Pain Quotidien, has opened to Irish customers for the first time at Kildare Village. The launch, which took place on Thursday, 29 October, represents the beginning of a wider expansion into Ireland with further restaurants planned for Dublin over the course of the next two years, providing upwards of 120 new jobs.
In the space of just 25 years, Le Pain Quotidien has gone from humble beginnings as an organic bakery in Brussels to owning over 200 restaurants in 17 countries across five continents. The company is quick to highlight its support of Irish suppliers and commitment to local, seasonal and organic produce.
Peter Jenkins, managing director of Le Pain Quotidien believes now is the right time for a move to Ireland. “It is an exciting time for the Irish food and beverage market, with rapid growth and a discerning customer base,” he said. “We have noticed that there is a growing increase in knowledge, awareness and demand for what Le Pain Quotidien has to offer.” He added that designer outlet shopping site, Kildare Village “represents the perfect fit for us for our first location”.
As well as freshly baked organic bread, pastries and tartines, the Irish menu will also feature dishes created specially for the company in Ireland. These include the Organic Irish Stout and Beef Stew served with champ alongside favourites such as Irish Smoked Salmon & Parmesan Frittata, the Chicken Caesar Brioche Bun or the classic winter warmer, Coq au Vin. The menu will likewise showcase seasonal specials.
Le Pain Quotidien at Kildare Village represents part of the Phase 2 expansion which will be open by Christmas 2015. The expansion will add a total of 36 new boutiques of international brands, bringing the total number in the Village to 100. The plans include a visitor centre and an additional 437 parking spaces.