A 'LARGE number' of Frankie & Benny's restaurants will not reopen after lockdown, it has been reported.

The owner of The Restaurant Group (TRG) dining chain will tell staff today that many sites are "no longer viable to trade and will remain closed permanently", according to an email seen by the BBC.

The email adds: "The Covid-19 crisis has significantly impacted our ability to trade profitably, so we've taken the tough decision to close these restaurants now."

There are 236 Frankie & Benny's restaurants across the UK but it's not clear how many sites will be affected by the permanent closures.

The BBC reports that the message was sent to managers in the group's Leisure Division.

TRG is one of the largest restaurant operators in Britain and also owns chains including Wagamama and Garfunkel's.

In March, TRG was forced to shut a majority of its Chiquito Mexican-style outlets as well as its Food & Fuel chain of pubs in London after falling into administration.

The leisure industry is one of the worst hit during the coronavirus lockdown, and even as restrictions ease, it's not clear when restaurants, pubs and cafes will be able to reopen for customers to dine in.

TRG currently has around 22,000 staff members on furlough.

The closures will be the second round this year for Frankie & Benny's which had already announced that 90 would shut down imminently back in February.

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