Market Happenings: Former Leinster rugby player brings Zambrero to Ireland

Mary’s College RFC First Team Coach Shaun McCarthy, is also a key partner in Zambrero’s expansion into the Irish market.


Zambrero was founded by medical doctor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Dr. Sam Prince in 2005, who opened the first restaurant in Canberra, Australia, while still a medical student at just 21 years of age. While working in a restaurant to put himself through university, Dr. Sam Prince became interested in setting up one of his own, and combined with his love of Mexican food, the idea for Zambrero was born. Since then, over 110 branches of Zambrero have opened their doors across each state in Australia, with the chain recently expanding into Thailand, New Zealand, and now Europe.

Four Zambrero branches are set to open in Ireland by the end of 2016, creating over 70 jobs and bringing over 2 million into the Irish economy.

All fresh ingredients used by Zambrero Ireland are sourced from Irish producers. 


IWS Helps Zambrero Grow to More Than 100 Outlets

Australia’s largest Mexican restaurant franchise, Zambrero and integrated rostering, payroll and bookkeeping solution provider IWS, have been working together since Zambrero were just 5 stores strong. Now with over 100 Zambrero stores nationwide, they have built a model together which allows the franchisor to have full visibility in real time to key KPI’s and financial metrics across their entire franchise network.

IWS CEO Rob Dryden says “I have been working in and with franchises for 20 years and I have never seen anything like the reporting that Zambrero now has access to via our implementation Australian quick-service restaurant chain Zambrero, which specializes in fresh, healthy Mexican food, opens its first European restaurant on Dublin City’s Hatch Street on 23 March 2016.

Creating over 70 jobs, the move is spearheaded by former Leinster rugby star and Zambrero Ireland General Manager, Darragh Fanning, who discovered Zambrero while playing rugby in Australia with former St of Fathom. To be able to see benchmarked revenue or gross profit of the entire group split by age, location or type of store provides fantastic insights into the business and identifies very clear improvement opportunities for the franchisor. We are very proud of our long-standing partnership with Zambrero”.