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UK franchise Las Iguanas heading to SA

Apr 18 2017 17:25

Johannesburg – Gold Brands, the only listed fast-food retail company on the JSE AltX, is bringing Las Iguanas to South Africa.

It is a UK mid-market restaurant brand that specialises in authentic Mexican, Brazilian and South American food and cocktails. The first outlet will open in Johannesburg in June.
Stelio Nathanael, chief operating officer of Gold Brands, and his wife Praxia, established Gold Brands in 2012. In addition to its existing brands, namely Chesanyama; Blacksteer; 1+1 Pizza Pasta; Opa!Pitaland; and Chicken Wild Wings; the company has added UK brands from the Casual Dining Group, namely Las Iguanas, Café Rouge, Belgo and Bella Italia, to its expanding portfolio.

“Fewer South Africans can afford to spend money on indulgent holidays these days, and they’re spending their money on dining out instead,” says Nathanael.

“Casual dining is becoming increasingly popular in South Africa, and Gold Brands is excited to be part of this booming market.”

Mos Shamel, managing director of Las Iguanas, says it started in Bristol in 1991. Known for its vibrant colours and atmosphere, the outlet, now has 53 sites.
An integral part of its identity is its extensive cocktail offer, which boasts a variety of classic South American serves, such as mojitos, caipririnhas and margaritas.
Its food menu draws inspiration from exciting flavours across South America, featuring a large range of tacos, alongside a selection of Mexican classics and tapas style small plates, among other favourites. Its Buenos Airies burger also won the UK Casual Dining Magazine National Burger Awards in 2017.

Las Iguanas will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, with specials added daily.

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