Frankie & Benny’s closures put 300 jobs at risk
Up to 3,000 jobs could be at risk, as one of the UK’s biggest restaurant operators has decided many of its Frankie & Benny’s outlets will not reopen after lockdown.
The Restaurant Group, which recently put most of its Chiquito Mexican eateries into administration, has now called time on as many as 120 Frank & Benny’s restaurants.
Many of these outlets to close operated in edge-of-town leisure parks and cinema complexes. Staff have been sent a letter explaining that these sites are “no longer viable to trade and will remain permanently closed”.
In an email to staff, the Restaurant Group blamed the ongoing pandemic for creating financial issues. It said:
“The Covid-19 crisis has significantly impacted our ability to trade profitably, so we’ve taken the tough decision to close these restaurants now.”
Due to the pandemic the company had to place 22,000 of its staff on the government’s furlough scheme.