US burger chain Wendy's to open in Ireland

Global burger chain Wendys is hoping to set up in Ireland under new investment plans.

The restaurant, best known for its made to order square hamburgers, re entered the UK market in 2021 after a twenty year hiatus. Wendy’s currently has 25 restaurants open throughout the UK but is hoping to accelerate its operations across wider Europe.

The company is currently seeking established franchisees to help them set up an Irish base. Ideal candidates will have a proven track recording of growing brands here in Ireland and local development expertise.

Abigail Pringle, President, International & Chief Development Officer of The Wendy’s Company said, “Quality is at the core of everything we do, including our food and our people. As we continue to expand our international footprint, we are focused on building long-term relationships with franchisees in Ireland who want to grow with us, share our values and reflect the communities in which we operate,” Pringle said. “We are committed to serving high-quality, great tasting food, and intend to offer our wide range of craveable menu options, including our famous square hamburgers made with fresh beef patties and served hot off the grill.”

Wendy’s founder, Dave Thomas, opened the first Wendy’s restaurant in 1969 in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A. It's best known for its made-to-order square hamburgers, freshly prepared salads, and other signature items like chili, baked potatoes and the Frosty dessert. Both the name “Wendy’s” and the Cameo logo – the little red-headed girl with pigtails – were inspired by one of his daughters.