Chiquito restaurant chain earmarked for closure

THE OWNERS of Mexican restaurant chain Chiquito have confirmed the majority of branches are set to close permanently after the coronavirus crisis prompted them to call in administrators.

The Restaurant Group, which also owns Wagamama and Frankie & Benny’s, have said 61 out of 80 UK branches will not reopen after the UK lockdown is lifted, resulting in the loss of nearly 1500 jobs.

It is expected the remaining branches will also close soon after.

There are three Chiquito restaurants in Greater Manchester: Ashton Moss Leisure Park, Bolton’s Middlebrook Retail Park and The Printworks in Manchester city centre.

A spokesman for the company said: “Covid-19 has had an immediate and significant impact on trading across the Group.

“We have conducted a review of the performance of our business divisions, with a particular focus on the expected future cash generation profile of each of our business units.

“As a result, the group has taken the very difficult decision to appoint administrators for Food & Fuel Limited and filed a notice of intention to appoint an administrator for Chiquito Limited.

“The decisions have been incredibly difficult, and we recognise the significant impact on all of our colleagues that are affected.

“We thank them for their hard work and commitment during these very testing times.”

The Restaurant Group has not yet confirmed which Chiquito restaurants will initially remain open and which branches are earmarked for closure.

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