GBK plots £3m upgrade project after buying five Irish sites

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

Gourmet Burger Kitchen UK has acquired five of its sites in Ireland and pledged to open between one and two new Irish sites a year between now and 2021.

All of the restaurants it has bought are in Dublin and were formerly owned by Master Burger Investments.

This transaction is underpinned by a €3.5m (£3m) investment in a restaurant refurbishment programme that will involve all five sites.

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GBK Temple Bar will be the first restaurant to undergo development and is due to reopen at the end of August. The project will stretch over nine months until every restaurant has been upgraded.

Irish business content creator,, said that Gourmet Burger Kitchen Ireland currently employs 94 staff in full and part-time employment. The business will continue to be led by Ken Gilbride.

Keith Bird, COO at GBK UK, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to work with Ken and his team. We’ve been so impressed with his leadership and the calibre of everyone involved. Whilst we are investing into the current restaurants, we’re also actively looking for more sites in Dublin and further afield, with a view to growing by one or two restaurants a year over the next five years.”

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