End of an era with furniture removed from Highcross restaurant Carluccio’s as it closes permanently

Carluccio’s highcross restaurant was stripped of its tables and chairs after it closed for good after the chain collapsed.

St. Peter’s Square Restaurant is one of 41 UK restaurants that will not reopen.

It stays in the dark now, with posts on the doormat and only the umbrellas standing outside.

The Italian restaurant and delicatessen chain announced in March that it had joined the administration and put 2,000 jobs at risk.

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Directors said they made the decision to take over the company “after a prolonged period of challenging trading conditions exacerbated by Covid-19 and the wider issues the UK retail and hospitality sector is currently facing.” “.

In May it became known that the Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG) had bought the chain – which was founded in 1991 by the late Antonio Carluccio and his then-wife Priscilla.

The rescue contract secured the future of 30 Carluccio UK branches and saved more than 800 jobs.

However, the remaining 41 restaurants – including Leicester – did not reopen after the lockdown restrictions were lifted.

Carluccio has been seen here in happier times

There are now three highcross restaurants in a row that are permanently closed.

In addition to Carluccio’s, the Café Rouge next door and its neighbor Handmade Burger Co have finally closed this year.

The Leicester Highcross branch of the French restaurant chain Café Rouge was finally closed after its owner, the Casual Dining Group, took over management at the end of June.

Together with the Loughborough branch of the Italian restaurant chain Bella Italia, it was one of 91 British restaurants out of a total of 250 restaurants in the Casual Dining Group that have permanently closed.

Handmade Burger Co’s Leicester office closed permanently in January after the company took over management for the second time in three years.

While some highcross restaurants reopened after the lockdown restrictions were lifted, many are currently closed, with temporary closure signs on the windows.

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