Fans of Frankie & Benny’s and Chiquito will be relieved to hear that their branches in the area have all escaped the chop, after their owners announced the closure of 33 restaurants due to a ‘challenging trading period’.
The Restaurant Group – the company behind the two restaurant chains, as well as Coast to Coast – revealed the cull last week, blaming unpopular new menus and high prices.
But it has confirmed that Chester’s Frankie & Benny’s on the Greyhound Park, Cheshire Oaks’ Frankie & Benny’s and Chiquito and Broughton’s Frankie & Benny’s and Chiquito are all safe.
A spokesman told The Chronicle: “None are being considered for closure.”
Of the 33 outlets closing, 14 will be Frankie and Benny’s sites and 11 will be Chiquitos.
Around 500 jobs are thought to be affected, but the Restaurant Group hope employees will be able to take up position in new or existing restaurants within the company.
A further 29 branches across its portfolio will be reviewed, but are not currently at risk of closure.
Restaurant Group chairman Debbie Hewitt said: “The board has moved quickly to undertake a review of the operating strategy and we now have clarity on the issues facing our leisure brands, particularly Frankie & Benny’s.
“The brand remains relevant and popular and we are confident that improved performance will be achieved by being more customer-focused and data-driven, and through better operational execution.”