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18 July 2020 08:33

Casual Dining Group Administration Café Rouge

Want the best Nottingham news by 9am every day? Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email The owner of Ask Italian and Zizzi pizza chains will not reopen around 75 of its restaurants following the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in the loss of up to 1,200 jobs. It is unclear which restaurants will be affected. Zizzi has restaurants in King Street, Nottingham, and Castle Gate, Newark. The dining sector has been knocked hard by the lockdown and pandemic, with a raft of restaurants having announced closures and job losses in recent weeks after seeing sales decimated.

Get our top stories sent to you every day Want us to send you a daily round-up of our biggest stories, and breaking news alerts, direct to your email inbox? Sign up to our newsletter here. Frankie and Benny's owner The Restaurant Group put up to 3,000 jobs on the line after announcing it was going to close 125 sites, and Bella Italia and Cafe Rouge owner Casual Dining Group said it would close 91 restaurants after calling in administrators. Steve Holmes, the chief executive of Azzurri Group, which also owns the Coco di Mama and Pod fast-food chains, said the Covid-19 crisis had had "a profound impact on the casual dining sector, bringing many businesses like ours to a standstill". "Despite being a successful operator, the immediate loss of revenue during lockdown meant that we have had to make some incredibly difficult decisions to protect the business for the long term," he said.

"It is with deep sadness that this process will result in the permanent closure of a number of sites and that we must say goodbye to greatly valued employees across our brands. "Looking forwards, TowerBrook is a strong new partner who shares our ambitions for the future. "Their additional investment has enabled us to preserve the majority of our restaurants, stores and jobs and I am confident that, under TowerBrook's ownership, Azzurri will navigate the period ahead successfully." TowerBrook will invest around £70 million to support Azzurri Group and plans to reopen 40 pizza restaurants next week, followed by its Coco di Mama chain and more Ask and Zizzi sites later in the summer. Pod will switch to delivery only. Another restaurant chain announces closures and up to 1,200 jobs to go Zizzi, Norwich. Pic: Archant Archant The owner of Ask Italian and Zizzi, with restaurants in Norwich, will not reopen around 75 of its sites. Share Email this article to a friend To send a link to this page you must be logged in. Ask Italian in Chapelfield, Norwich. Pic: Ask Italian Ask Italian in Chapelfield, Norwich. Pic: Ask Italian The Azzuri Group is being taken over by investment firm TowerBrook Capital Partners, which plans to keep open 225 restaurants and shops, protecting 5,000 jobs. But approximately 75 sites fall outside the scope of the deal and will subsequently close. MORE: Bowling alleys, skating rinks and casinos can reopen from August You may also want to watch: It is unclear whether local restaurants will be affected. Ask Italian is in Chapelfield Plain, Norwich and also has a site in Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich, Suffolk. Zizzi is in Tombland, Norwich, as well as in Ipswich. However, the Zizzi website seemed to indicate Norwich was one of the few in the UK chain that is reopening, stating 'opening soon' compared with 'temporarily closed' and accepting future bookings. It comes as the dining sector has been knocked hard by the lockdown and coronavirus pandemic, with a raft of restaurants having announced closures and jobs losses including Frankie and Benny's, Bella Italia, Las Iguanas and Cafe Rouge. Pizza Express is also reportedly planning to axe around 75 sites across the UK. Steve Holmes, the chief executive of Azzurri Group, which also owns the Coco di Mama and Pod fast-food chains, said the Covid-19 crisis had had "a profound impact on the casual dining sector, bringing many businesses like ours to a standstill". "Despite being a successful operator, the immediate loss of revenue during lockdown meant that we have had to make some incredibly difficult decisions to protect the business for the long term," he said. "It is with deep sadness that this process will result in the permanent closure of a number of sites and that we must say goodbye to greatly valued employees across our brands."