Cook­ing up a deal

East Side Mario’s at Mayflower Mall to re­open un­der new own­er­ship

Cape Breton Post - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHRIS SHAN­NON

More than 10 weeks af­ter it closed with­out no­tice, the Ital­ian res­tau­rant East Side Mario’s is due to re­open soon un­der “new own­ers, new man­age­ment and a fresh new look,” ac­cord­ing to a no­tice posted to its Face­book page Mon­day.

Mike Kenny, owner of the Kenny’s Pizza fran­chise, con­firmed Tues­day that he bought the East Side Mario’s fran­chise at the Mayflower Mall.

He said he wouldn’t be pre­pared to speak about ac­quir­ing the res­tau­rant un­til af­ter he at­tends meet­ings in Toronto next week.

The res­tau­rant closed sud­denly on April 13 un­der owner Ajay Vir­ick.

The search for an East Side Mario’s fran­chisee in Syd­ney first be­gan in 2007.

It opened in the mall two years later.

Kenny cur­rently owns nine Kenny’s Pizza lo­ca­tions from Glace Bay to Antigo­nish.

He ac­knowl­edged in an in­ter­view with the Cape Bre­ton Post in April that he was pur­su­ing own­er­ship of the fran­chise.

“There’s a lot of jobs there and we’d love to see them stay. It’s a good res­tau­rant and it’s good for the area,” Kenny said at the time.

It’s not known when East Side Mario’s will re­open due to planned ren­o­va­tions, the res­tau­rant stated in re­sponse to a Face­book com­ment on when it’ll be open for busi­ness again.

How­ever, it is seek­ing ap­pli- cations from peo­ple look­ing for work.

The res­tau­rant is look­ing to hire a front-of-house man­ager and food and bev­er­age wait staff.

A spokesper­son for East Side Mario’s par­ent com­pany, CARA, didn’t im­me­di­ately re­spond to a re­quest seek­ing com­ment on the deal, Tues­day.

Ac­cord­ing to East Side Mario’s web­site, open­ing a fran­chise costs — depend­ing on whether it’s a retro­fit or build­ing a stand­alone struc­ture — ap­prox­i­mately $1.3 mil­lion to $1.6 mil­lion.

The amount of cash on-hand re­quired by the fran­chisee must be $600,000 to $700,000, while the fran­chise fee is $60,000.

CHRIS SHAN­NON/CAPE BRE­TON POST

The East Side Mario’s Ital­ian res­tau­rant lo­cated at the Mayflower Mall closed by the fran­chisee owner Ajay Vir­ick in April. The res­tau­rant is now ex­pected to “open soon,” ac­cord­ing to ad­ver­tise­ments seek­ing to hire staff.

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