Hampton Bella Italia restaurant is not on the list for closure

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Peterborough's Bella Italia's future seems to be secure for now as it wasn't included in the announced closures (Photo: Google Maps)

Casual Dining Group, which owns Bella Italia, Las Iguanas and Cafe Rouge, has said it is to close 91 of its 250 restaurants, resulting in the losses of 1,909 jobs.

Only one of these restaurants has a site in Peterborough - Bella Italia in Hampton - and this site has not been included in the list of closures. Cambridge is set to lose one of its Bella Italia restaurants, as well as Cafe Rouge.

The company will still employ more than 4,000 workers across the country following the cuts, but said that entering administration was in the best interest of stakeholders during this “extreme operating environment”. A new owner is being sought, but administration allows negotiations with landlords to come to a halt.

Chief executive James Spragg said: “After reviewing all our options with advisers, it became clear that we needed to take this action in order to protect the business and secure the best possible future for Casual Dining Group as we look to conclude a potential sale.

“We are acutely aware of our duty to all employees and recognise that this is an incredibly difficult time for them. Working alongside the administrators we will do everything we can to support them through this process with a view to preserving as much employment as we are able to.”