Chiquitos to permanently close most of its UK restaurants
Only 19 will remain. Will your local be one of them?
In keeping with strict government guidelines, Chiquito have closed all restaurants, to minimise spread of COVID-19. It has been announced by the owners of the chain that, of the 80 restaurants currently in operation in the UK, 61 are to remain closed, permanently.
The Restaurant Group, which owns the Tex-Mex eatery, has also announced the closure of Food and Fuel, a pub chain with 11 branches in and around London.
It's believed that both have been struggling financially for some time, with the announcement last year that Chiquito would allow a number of leases to lapse in an attempt to cut costs. The need for these measures is thought to be have arisen due to the hunger for more local, independent restaurants, causing a downturn in trading in bigger chains. The restrictions on trading brought about due to the ongoing pandemic have only worsened the situation. A spokesman for the company said “Covid-19 has had an immediate and significant impact on trading across the group.”
The Restaurant Group also owns a number of other large restaurant chains, including Frankie & Benny's and Wagamama – however it's believed that these other brands are safe, for now.
It has yet to be announced which of the Chiquito branches will remain when the restrictions on trading are lifted – but, with so few sticking raound, you may struggle to get your favourite fajitas and churros now.