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Diana Dima and company bosses at Romayo’s. Photo: Conor McCabe/PA Wire

Diana Dima and company bosses at Romayo’s. Photo: Conor McCabe/PA Wire

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Diana Dima and company bosses at Romayo’s. Photo: Conor McCabe/PA Wire

A growing appetite for home-delivered meals during the pandemic has helped a family-owned restaurant business buck the downturn to create 45 jobs.

Surging demand among Irish families for takeaways has encouraged Romayo's to open three new outlets in suburban Dublin.

The chain currently employs 280 people in 19 premises across Dublin, Meath, Offaly and Kildare.

Established as Macari's chip shops in 1959, the company rebranded to Romayo's in 2012 when it shifted focus to diner-based eating.

Crucial to its operations is a fresh-food storage and distribution headquarters at Rosemount Business Park in the capital.

Habits

Romayo's managing director Dominic Macari said a strategic decision to develop the home delivery services at the turn of the century has left the business well placed to adapt to changed customer habits during the health emergency.

"In the current Covid-19 climate people have reverted back to the businesses that they have known growing up and that they are comfortable with," he said.

"We have found that people who have grown up in our original areas as youngsters are now leading the customer base as we expand into new suburbs of the capital."

Mr Macari works alongside his four children in the business. He said the 45 jobs will be created over the next 12 months.