Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Hotel / Restaurants
Accommodation And Food Service Activities
Food And Beverage Service Activities
56.10 - Restaurants and mobile food service activities

1,909 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
2 July 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


The Casual Dining Restaurants Group, the British restaurant group  has announced that it will permanently close 91 of its 250 restaurants across the UK, leading to 1,909 redundancies with immediate effect. The group, which owns the Bella Italia, Cafe Rouge and Las Iguanas chains of restaurants as well as a number of airport outlets, has entered administration, seen as the first step towards selling its brands.

The chief executive officer said the restructure was necessary to 'secure the best possible future' for the group in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Casual Dining Restaurants Group is one of the largest mid-market restaurant operators in the UK. According to market analysts, the group was already facing financial difficulties before the coronavirus crisis started. The redundancies at the Casual Dining Group follow recent bankruptcies and closures by The Restaurant Group and Carluccio’s.



Eurofound (2020), Casual Dining Restaurants Group, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 101440, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/101440.