Bella Italia And Las Iguanas Owner Falls Into Administration With 1,900 Job Losses

It’s another blow to the restaurant industry as another high street chain struggles to cope during this worldwide pandemic. Casual Dining Group, which owns Las, Iguanas, Café Rouge and Bella Italia, has gone into administration.

The future is looking bleak for some of our favourite restaurant chains across the country. The struggles to cope after closing their doors back in March are beginning to show.

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91 outlets of the groups, will close immediately, and 1,900 jobs of the companies 6,000 staff will lose their jobs. Alix Partners administrators are taking offers for all, or parts of the remaining business.

There will be a number of closures across the Yorkshire branches. The Leeds Bella Italia, York’s Café Rouge and Las Iguanas in Sheffield and Harrogate are some of the outlets that will close. This is another big blow for casual dining franchises as Frankie & Benny’s owners announced plans to close 125 stores earlier last month.

The firm, Casual Dining Group applied for administrators at the High Court in May as it struggled to pay rents. On Thursday, the firm said it had already received “multiple offers” for the business and hoped to pursue these.

“We are acutely aware of our duty to all employees and recognise that this is an incredibly difficult time for them,” chief executive James Spragg said.

“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.”

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