Salisbury's Cafe Rouge permanently closed

Salisbury's Cafe Rouge permanently closed

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 6:03am 3rd July 2020. (Updated at 9:27am 3rd July 2020)

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The restaurant on the corner of the Old George Mall is among 91 across the country that's being shut, as their parent company's called in administrators.

The Casual Dining Group is now looking for a buyer for the business, but say they've made the 'extremely difficult decision' to close some of their outlets immediately.

The company, which owns the Cafe Rouge, Las Iguanas and Bella Italia chains, blamed the 'extreme operating environment' for the move, which has meant its restaurants have been shut since the start of lockdown.

More than 1,900 staff are at risk of losing their jobs, across the 91 restaurants it's closing, including Salisbury's.

Cafe Rouge Salisbury
The restaurant's been a popular choice in Salisbury for a few years now

Salisbury's Cafe Rouge has been in the city since 2013.

Chief executive of the Casual Dining group James Spragg told Sky News: 

"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."

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