Talks with interested parties progress over buying Casual Dining Group

Written by Robert Moore Marketing Manager 12 July 2020

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Cafe Rouge Owner Goes into Administration

12 July 2020

It has been reported that Epiris, the buyout firm, is having detailed talks with administrators about buying Casual Dining Group.

A deal is yet to be finalised, but is expected in the coming days. 

Elliott Advisors have also shared interest in purchasing the group.

Hear more from Sky News.


3 July 2020

Bella Italia and Café Rouge owner, Casual Dining Group, has gone into administration. This has meant 91 outlets to close immediately and 1,900 of the 6,000 staff to lose their jobs.

The 91 restaurants are located mainly in England, with a few in Scotland and Wales. The remaining 159 of the groups 250 outlets will remain open.

Administrators, Alix Partners, are looking for any interested parties to make offers for all, or part of the business.

It is reported that already multiple offers have been received of which the business hopes to pursue in efforts to rescue itself.

Chief executive, James Spragg said: ‘’We are acutely aware of our duty to all employees and recognise that this is an incredibly difficult time for them.’’

He stresses he will do all he can, working alongside and supporting the administrators, aiming to preserve as much employment as possible.

The ‘’extreme operating environment’’ for the casual dining sector, among others, due to coronavirus forcing restaurants to shut since the start of March, is blamed.

This comes just a day after specialist turnaround funds were vying to take control of the brands.

The full list of Casual Dining Group closures

Bella Italia

Newbury

East Kilbride

Baker Street

Cambridge

Cheltenham Prom

Soton Above Bar

Blackpool Church

Watford

Plymouth

Dunfermline

Islington

Gloucester Quays

Hatfield

Southend

Didsbury

Solihull

Brighton Belotta

Windsor

Manchester Deansgate

Camberley Atrium

Aberdeen

Loughborough

Crewe

Colliers Wood

Brighton Marina

Cardiff

Shaftesbury Ave

Hemel Hempstead

Leeds

Silverlink

Bexley

New Brighton

Orpington

Manchester Piccadilly

Café Rouge

Bury St Edmonds

Newbury

Maidstone Earl St

Solihull

Pinner

Blackheath

Harborne Birmingh

Leamington Spa

York

Dulwich

Epsom

Birmingham Mailbox

Woking

Hitchin

Oxford

Leicester

Chester

Cheltenham

Loughton

Chelmsford

Cambridge

Edinburgh

Southgate

Esher

Bromley

Salisbury

Canterbury Long

Trafford Centre

Exeter Princesshay

Hertford

Milton Keynes

Las Iguanas

Harrogate

Brighton Marina

Derby

Sheffield

Woking

Chester

Brunswick Square

Braintree

Bournemouth

Norwich

Newcastle

Belgo

Belgo Kingsway

Belgo Nottingham

Belgo Centraal

Airport sites

Café Rouge Rapide Inverness Airport

Bristol Airport

The George Ale & Coffee House (T5)

The Darwin Ale & Coffee House (T3)

Jersey Airport

Oriel Luton

Oriel Heathrow T4

La Salle Heathrow T2

Bella Italia Luton

Oriel Heathrow T3

Huxleus Heathrow T5

The Shipyard Jersey

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