ITALIAN restaurant group Tony Macaroni and ice-cream chain Nardini’s are set for major expansion across the central belt in the next 18 months as part of a two-year development plan.
Six new restaurants are to be launched – two in Edinburgh and outlets at Braehead in Glasgow, Cumbernauld, St Andrews and Lanark – with the aim of increasing the total number of Tony Macaroni and Nardini’s venues to 20 by 2015.
The plans were unveiled after the Tony Macaroni chain secured a £1.5million finance deal with Bank of Scotland to assist with the acquisition and fit-out of freehold premises in Dunfermline and the refurbishment of another new unit in Glasgow city centre. Bank of Scotland, which will continue to advise the company on its forthcoming expansion plans, provided a further £1.5million re-finance deal to assist with the transfer of the Nardini’s banking facilities.
Sep Marini, managing director of Tony Macaroni and joint owner of Nardini’s with business partner David Equi, said the expansion will create around 300 jobs.
“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 said.