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What pandemic? Italian food chain is opening a new restaurant



Restaurant chain Tony Macaroni is to launch a new trading format – Tony Macaroni Express – at The Hub at EK in East Kilbride.

The new venue goes against the trend of hospitality businesses struggling during the pandemic. Its opening date has yet to be confirmed.

Most of EK shopping centre will reopen on July 13, with its other food outlets to follow on July 15. No date has been confirmed for the ice rink, Odeon Luxe cinema or McDonald’s.

A spokesperson for Tony Macaroni said: “We are very excited to launch our new Tony Macaroni Express restaurant in our hometown of East Kilbride. The restaurant will have a more compact menu although it will still have many of our favourite and classic dishes, as well as some new menu options.

“There will be an emphasis on pizza and pasta and our very own ‘Jimmy Style’ pizza and pasta sharing dishes will also be available.”

Launched in 2007, Tony Macaroni has grown into a leading player in the country’s hospitality sector, with 18 outlets across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The award winning restaurant prides itself on cooking everything to order using only the freshest ingredients sourced from the best local and Italian suppliers.

A spokesperson for EK, East Kilbride, added: “Tony Macaroni is a market leading hospitality brand and we are delighted that the restaurant will be opening its doors at EK, East Kilbride.  Over the years the group has built a loyal following due its high quality and authentic Italian cuisine.  We are sure the restaurant will be a hit with our visitors.

“It is no secret that the hospitality sector is facing significant challenges as a result of the coronavirus situation, however, we have been working hard to bring new operators to the centre. Recently we were pleased to confirm that Debenhams will be staying in East Kilbride and we hope to be able to make some more positive announcements over the coming weeks.”

EK, East Kilbride is currently following all Scottish government coronavirus guidelines relating to the hospitality and retail sectors with Tony Macaroni set to open when restrictions have been relaxed. 



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