Paisley Frankie and Benny’s restaurant to close due to Covid-19 pandemic

Frankie and Benny’s at Abbotsinch Retail Park will not reopen and the outlet at Glasgow Airport is likely to remain shut until the end of the year, the restaurant chain has confirmed.

The eatery at Intu Braehead will however reopen in line with national guidelines.

The Restaurant Group, which owns Frankie and Benny’s, announced proposals to shut 125 restaurants last month as it confirmed the coronavirus pandemic had worsened an already difficult financial situation.

On Friday, it confirmed the outlet situated off Renfrew Road is part of the nationwide cull.

It is not known how many people will lose their jobs.

The restaurant, along with all food outlets, closed at the end of March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A company spokesman told the Express: “The casual dining sector has faced enormous, well documented pressures which have been exacerbated by Covid-19 and the lockdown.

“Unfortunately, we have had to take difficult but necessary decisions to ensure a sustainable future for our business.

“We have been in close contact with affected colleagues throughout this process and we are doing all we can to support them during this time.”

News of the closure comes as the group also confirms that 10 per cent of its restaurant estate, which includes Wagamamas, will remain shut until the end of the year.

The company said that most of these outlets would be in airports but would not confirm if Glasgow Airport was affected.

In a trading update the group said its current reopening plans are to have 25 per cent of the total estate operational by the end of July, 60 per cent by the end of August and 90 per cent by the end of September, with the reopening phasing varying by division.

It said: “The remaining 10 per cent of the estate is not expected to open this calendar year reflecting locations where footfall is anticipated to remain considerably weak, primarily in some airport locations.”

The business would not confirm how many members of staff would be affected by delayed reopenings.

The Restaurant Group will be left with about 400 restaurants around the UK after the restructuring.

which last month saw it announce the permanent closure of 125 sites and the loss of 3,000 jobs across the UK.

The chain revealed it was reopening restaurants but put a notice on its website to say if the restaurant you are looking for is not on the list it is permanently closed.

Daily Record – Paisley