The majority of Chiquito restaurants are to close permanently after the owner of the chain said the covid-19 crisis prompted them to call in administrators.
Following temporary closures amid the UK lockdown, the chain is now permanently shutting most of its locations – with the rest alleged to follow.
The closure shifted from temporary to permanent quite quickly amid the current pandemic and it has been confirmed that most branches will not reopen after UK lockdown is lifted.
The Restaurant Group, which also owns other popular chains including Wagamama and Frankie & Benny's, has said that 61 out of 80 UK branches of the Tex-Mex chain will close permanently.
This decision to close will lead to the loss of up to 1,500 jobs.
Chiquito has three branches in Greater Manchester, the city centre location in the Printworks, one at Ashton Moss, and a branch on the Middlebrook Retail Park in Bolton.
The fall of Chiquito comes after the closure of Frankie & Benny's restaurants up and down the country under the same owners last year.
The Restaurant Group also announced in September of last year that it would not be renewing the leases and thus closing several branches of Chiquito, after reports it was struggling with a significant fall in sales and profit.
Commenting on the reasoning behind the decision to the chain, a spokesperson for The Restaurant Group said: “COVID-19 has had an immediate and significant impact on trading across the group".
It has not yet been confirmed which Chiquito branches are to remain open and which are to close.