Irish Fast Casual and American Diner Group Targets International Growth

Adrian Crean Joins as Managing Director; James Walker Joins as New International Business Development Advisor.

Irish Fast Casual and American Diner Group Targets International Growth
Dublin, Ireland, March 28, 2019 --( Ireland’s Rocket Restaurants Group, which includes the Eddie Rocket’s Irish chain of American diners and the ROCKET’S fast casual restaurants, has signaled its ambition for international development with two key appointments.

The company, which has 51 restaurants and diners across Ireland, Spain and now in Germany, has appointed Mr. Adrian Crean, former Managing Director of McDonald’s Restaurants in Ireland, to be its new Managing Director while experienced industry consultant, Mr. James Walker, joins its Board of Advisors as International Business Development Advisor.

“I am really looking forward to the opportunity of building the Rocket Restaurants Group brands and business both domestically and internationally as well as working with our teams and franchise partners both at home and abroad,”said Mr Crean.

He succeeds company founder, Mr. Niall Fortune, who is now company Chairman. Mr. Fortune opened the first Eddie Rocket’s diner in Dublin 1989.

Mr. James Walker has more than 30 years broad-based, senior level management experience in the hospitality and retail industry working in 65 international markets. He has served in roles such as President, Chief Development Officer, Senior Operations and Research & Development for brands such as Subway, Baja Fresh®, Cinnabon® and Johnny Rockets®.

James will work in supporting the expansion of the Eddie Rocket’s and ROCKET’S brands internationally. Mr. Walker said: “I am delighted to be working with such an ambitious company as the Rocket Restaurant Group and foresee immense growth potential. We will be immediately targeting expansion within the European Union.”

Company founder, Mr. Niall Fortune, said, “I am very excited by the addition of two very experienced food industry professionals to Rocket Restaurants and look forward to significant international growth and expansion.”

The Rocket Restaurants Group will be exhibiting at the International Franchise Show at the ExCel, London, on 5th and 6th April.

Rocket Restaurants Group Facts:
- The first Eddie Rocket’s City Diner was opened in 1989
- 51 outlets including Eddie Rocket’s City Diner, ROCKET’S, The Counter Custom Burgers and Flash Harry’s Bar & Restaurant
- Turnover in 2018: €54m
- Number of employees: 1,000
- Winner 2018 - Eddie Rocket’s Best Indigenous Irish Franchise (Irish Franchise Association Awards)
- Winner 2018 - Eddie Rocket’s Best Burger in a National Chain (As part of Ireland’s #NationalBurgerDay)

Further information: Tony O’Brien/Justin Green, Wide Awake Communications, Dublin, Ireland, Tel: 353-87-2438 584, Email:
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