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Which Pizza Express, Bella Italia and Cafe Rouge restaurants are closing?

Written by  Jul 18, 2020

SME's particularly in the hospitality trade are continuing to be badly affected by the coronavirus.

Last week popular Italian restaurant chain Pizza Express announced that is looking at closing up to 75 of its branches, putting over 1,000 jobs at risk.

The news regarding Pizza Express is just the latest in a long list of closures from shops, stores and well known restaurant chains.

This month alone, Bella Italia and Cafe Rouge – chains all owned by the business Casual Dining Group – have all confirmed that a number of their restaurants will not be reopening, following the closure of sites back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent lockdown in the UK.

Although government guidelines now allow for the hospitality industry to reopen businesses and services for customers, many in the restaurant business are struggling as diners fail to show up for bookings and many are still too cautious to eat a meal out instead of inside their own home.

Diners are expected to continue to avoid eating meals out at restaurants instead of ordering takeaway for some time due to anxiety about coronavirus as well as pressure on household finances over fears of a coming recession.

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How many Bella Italia and Cafe Rouge restaurants are closing?

The Casual Dining Group confirmed that it will be closing 91 of its 250 restaurants in the UK, putting around 1,909 jobs at risk.

The list of closures include 35 Bella Italia, 32 Cafe Rouge, and 11 Las Iguanas. As well as several cafes and bars at airports.

Chief executive James Spragg said: ‘After reviewing all our options with advisers, it became clear that we needed to take this action in order to protect the business and secure the best possible future for Casual Dining Group as we look to conclude a potential sale.

‘We are acutely aware of our duty to all employees and recognise that this is an incredibly difficult time for them.

‘Working alongside the administrators we will do everything we can to support them through this process with a view to preserving as much employment as we are able to.’

Which Cafe Rouge restaurants are closing?

cafe rouge

The list of Café Rouge restaurants closing in the UK at the time of writing is as follows:

  • Bury St Edmonds
  • Newbury
  • Maidstone Earl St
  • Solihull
  • Pinner
  • Blackheath
  • Harborne Birmingh
  • Leamington Spa
  • York
  • Dulwich
  • Epsom
  • Birmingham Mailbox
  • Woking
  • Hitchin
  • Oxford
  • Leicester
  • Chester
  • Cheltenham
  • Loughton
  • Chelmsford
  • Cambridge
  • Edinburgh
  • Southgate
  • Esher
  • Bromley
  • Salisbury
  • Canterbury Long
  • Trafford Centre
  • Exeter Princesshay
  • Hertford
  • Milton Keynes
  • Café Rouge Rapide Inverness Airport

Which Bella Italia restaurants are closing?

Bella Italia

The list of Bella Italia restaurants closing in the UK at the time of writing is as follows:

  • Newbury
  • East Kilbride
  • Baker Street
  • Cambridge
  • Cheltenham Prom
  • Soton Above Bar
  • Blackpool Church
  • Watford
  • Plymouth
  • Dunfermline
  • Islington
  • Gloucester Quays
  • Hatfield
  • Southend
  • Didsbury
  • Solihull
  • Brighton Belotta
  • Windsor
  • Manchester Deansgate
  • Camberley Atrium
  • Aberdeen
  • Loughborough
  • Crewe
  • Colliers Wood
  • Brighton Marina
  • Cardiff
  • Shaftesbury Ave
  • Hemel Hempstead
  • Leeds
  • Silverlink
  • Bexley
  • New Brighton
  • Orpington
  • Manchester Piccadilly

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How many Pizza Express restaurants could be closing?

Pizza Express is said to be looking at closing up to 75 of its restaurants as part of a rescue plan that has come through an insolvency process called a company voluntary arrangement (cva).

If the closure of the restaurants were to go ahead it could put more than 1,000 jobs at risk

Sky reports that sources have said the final number of proposed closures has yet to be arrived at, and ‘would depend partly on the progress of formal talks with landlords, which are expected to get underway as soon as next week.’

Karen Turner

A very experienced freelance IT journalist who now prefers to work from home and has such a broad range of knowledge accrued over the years, we would not cope without her influence and ideas.

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