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Oporto (Australia) Launches in Sri Lanka

07 Aug 2018 - In conjunction with Master Franchisor, Ataraxia Capital Partners, Oporto will open its first restaurant in Colombo, Sri Lanka, mid-September 2018. To launch Oporto into market, Ataraxia secured a prime location in the first ever international Food Atrium in Colombo, at the newly built Colombo City Centre Mall. In early 2019, Oporto will also open in Shangri-La’s One Mall Food Atrium, which is widely expected to be a pre-eminent destination for foodies.

Australia’s leading premium quick service restaurant business is on a journey to create the most craveable food experience on earth. With authentic Portuguese heritage and an Australian upbringing, Oporto has an adventurous spirit with feel-good flavour that’s craveably different. Natural born explorers, the Portuguese first visited Sri Lanka nearly 500 years ago in 1505 and are credited with introducing chilies to Sri Lankan cuisine. Fast forward to 2018, the authentic taste of Portugal will be available with Sri Lanka’s first Oporto restaurant.

Craig Tozer, Oporto CEO, said “For over 30 years Oporto has been serving Aussies our famous Bondi Burger and flame grilled Portuguese chicken. We are so proud of our Portuguese heritage and Australian upbringing, and we aim to feed millennials’ appetite for food adventure to become the most craved food experience on earth. It is an honour for us to now share our passion with Sri Lankans.”

The Food Atrium caters to the foodie generation who want more out of their dining experience. It will house 15 outlets both local and international, and patrons will be able to choose from authentic Indonesian, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Sri Lankan, Malaysian and Singaporean cuisine as well as fusion of Western selections.

Partner and Co-Founder of Ataraxia Capital Partners, Sharad Sri, said “Sri Lankans are very excited by the entry of Oporto into the market. For many years Sri Lankans have asked for Oporto to come here. It really celebrates our love of chicken, Portuguese heritage and of course chilli. We have always loved the Oporto brand and are really delighted to add this to the existing Ataraxia Foods portfolio."

Oporto is world famous for high quality fresh ingredients, flame grilled Portuguese chicken, its famous Bondi burger and an original chilli sauce handed down from our founder’s family for generations. Oporto is forecasting 25 restaurant openings in Australia this financial year along with two restaurants in Sri Lanka. This will position Oporto as the number one growing food business in premium QSR.

In 2018, Oporto achieved over 40 records and was awarded best hot chips in Australia by Canstar Blue; and Asia-Pacific omni-channel loyalty programme of the year by Loyalty Magazine.


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