Darragh Fanning


During Fanning''s rugby career out in Canberra, Australia, he was introduced to Australian loved Mexican food chain, Zambrero (a company that prides itself on on healthy Mexican food).

From that day Mexican food chain, Zambrero, was about to embark on a journey outside it''s Aussie roots and into the Irish capital of Dublin. Zambrero now has over 110 branches outside of Queensland and has expanded into Thailand, New Zealand and Europe.

With determination and perseverance Fanning''s Dublin store has relished in success, the company now plans to open a further six restaurants in Ireland this year!

A few years prior to his Australian stint, Fanning helped his business partner Shaun McCarthy (former St Mary''s College First Team Coach) and his wife Clara open their second Zambrero restaurant over an eight week period. Around three years later Fanning was approached by Shaun with an opportunity to get involved in bringing Zambrero to Ireland and the UK!

The chain offers traditional Mexican restaurant staples such as Burritos, Bowls, Nachos and Tacos, while catering for the ever-changing needs of consumers and their different dietary requirements - gluten free, dairy free, vegetarian and vegan options. Customers can feast on slow-cooked meats marinated in spices and natural herbs, with the perfect complements of crisp cos lettuce, fiery jalepenos, a range of six speciality sauces, and a variety of sides.

Fanning hopes to help set up an additional four to five Zambrero restaurants in Ireland during 2018. Expansion into the UK is also on the cards, with plans set on the end of this year or early 2019.

Zambrero offer a range of franchise sized restaurants and options to suit each individual''s needs. The company continues to seek like-minded individuals who have a love for good food and are driven enough to take that next step into business ownership. As Zambrero continues to grow, what their franchise partners can expect, is to be part of something bigger, as the global franchise group hopes to achieve 1 billion meals donated to those in need by the end of 2025.

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