UK's casual dining restaurants feel the pinch
UK casual dining feels the pinch after a series of restaurant closures from Jamie's Italian, Strada and Byron's.
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The UK has been hit by the closure of a number of restaurant chains over the last couple of weeks. Jamie’s Italian is in the process of closing 12 of its 37 restaurants after losing £9.9 million in 2017. In 2017, 6 Jamie’s Italian restaurants closed in addition to Jamie Oliver's Union Jacks pizza restaurant in Covent Garden (the last of 4 sites launched in 2011 to close).
Strada closed a third of its restaurants over the Christmas period and gourmet burger chain Byron is expected to close up to 20 sites.
The closures have been attributed to rising food costs, business rates and staffing pressures.
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