‘Papa John’ to open new Irish restaurant in Dublin after struggling to find buyers
“We’re doing it right now, it’s our passion, our life’s work.
We’re doing a great job,” said Joe Coughlan, the founder and chief executive of Papa John’s Pizza in Dublin.
The restaurant will be opened by his partner and son, and they will be the first people to work at the new establishment, which is being developed by an investment group led by the Italian billionaire and former Irish prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.
It will be called Papa John & John > , with the menu being largely similar to other Italian restaurants.
It has not been officially named yet.
“It’s going to be a real honour to work with the Coughls and the family.
It’s a great team,” Mr Coughlans son said.
The family has been involved in the Italian restaurant business for more than 50 years, having opened Papa John Pizza in the Irish city of Kildare and its neighbouring city of Waterford in the late 1980s.
Mr Coughtan said the partnership with Mr Berluscians would be a “long-term investment”.
“We’ve been a family business since the day we opened, and it’s a wonderful thing that we’re partnering with them again,” he said.
“This is a real win-win, a really exciting opportunity for both companies.”
Mr Caughtan said he hoped the new venture would attract more people to the city.
“There are thousands of Italians and Irish people in Ireland and many of them are passionate about their culture, and I think it’s great for the city and for Ireland to have something like this, something that’s really important for them,” he told The Irish Post.