Tony Macaroni to open in Cumbernauld by 2015

Written by Scott Campbell. Scott Campbell
Published at 16:52 on 30 January 2014.
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The chain plan to open a store in next 18 months. Pic: Tony Macaroni.

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PLANS for a brand new restaurant on Cumbernauld’s Central Way are due to come to fruition later this year, as a prominent Italian restaurant chain prepares to expand.

Scottish firm Tony Macaroni are preparing to serve up a new franchise for Cumbernauld, on the grounds of the town’s former Esso gas station, on Central Way.

The group had lodged a planning application which North Lanarkshire Council last year, with sought permission from the authority to construct a brand new class three restaurant alongside an ancillary take away, car parking and landscaping.

Plans from the firm would see a two-level restaurant constructed adjacent to Cumbernauld Police Station, with space for twenty-two cars.

Confirmation of the firm’s plans was set out earlier this month after the restaurant chain’s owners unveiled plans to open twenty new venues across Scotland in the coming months.

The plans will see around 300 new jobs created across the central belt, with 20 new venues pencilled in, over the next 18 months.

Sep Marini, managing director of Tony Macaroni and the Marini brand of fish and chip shops said that the firm “established” themselves as a branch which people have “grown to love and trust.”

Mr Marini, who is joint owner of Nardini's with business partner David Equi, said that “continued investment and development of the businesses has enabled us to offer more and more people the authentic taste of Tony Macaroni and Nardini's throughout the central belt of Scotland.”

He added: "The next 18 months will be an exciting time for the company as we create an even greater choice of venues in new and existing areas, as well as creating a significant number of new jobs."

Under the group’s plans nearly 20 new venues will be opened in the next 18 months, with six new locations already prepared, included two for Edinburgh and locations in Braehead, Cumbernauld, St Andrews and Lanark.

The firm already have 12 venues under their belt, including shops in Glasgow city centre, Byres Road, Livingston, Largs, Motherwell and Dunfermline.

A new Tony Macaroni in Cumbernauld will also join the group’s ‘Marini’ brand, which opened a store on South Muirhead, after an application was approved in 2009.

Since Marini’s opened in Cumbernauld many had speculated about the possibility of another restaurant on South Muirhead Road, although earlier applications for new builds such as a Chinese restaurant were never taken forward.

On January 30th 2013, the council’s planning department received an application from Tony Macaroni to construct a brand new restaurant. It was approved on April 23rd, on the rationale that: “The proposed restaurant and associate development are considered to be acceptable and the proposal will not detract from the amenity of the application site or have a significant impact on the neighbouring properties”, according to Shirley Linton, the council’s Head of Planning & Development.

The lodging of their planning application came after news that the Italian food chain managed to secure a £1.5 million finance deal with Bank of Scotland; a deal which would assist the firm with costs relating to the acquisition and fit-out of freehold restaurant premises in locations such as Dunfermline and Glasgow city centre.

David Murray, relationship director for Bank of Scotland, said: "This rapidly expanding chain of popular catering venues has already made a tremendous contribution to Scotland's food and drink sector.

"The creation of up to 300 new jobs following their latest expansion will be a very welcome boost to communities across the central belt of Scotland as economic recovery continues.

"Our team is seeing that overall business confidence levels remain high and the food and drink sector, in particular, is pushing ahead delivering exceptional growth.

"Continued opportunities exist for the industry in the year ahead and Bank of Scotland remains a key supporter of the sector."

The chain’s Cumbernauld restaurant is expected to seat 150 people, with work planned to get underway later this year.

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