Restaurant chain with two branches in York faces collapse

Inside Carluccio's on St Helen's Square. Photographs: Richard McDougall
28 Mar 2020 @ 11.59 am
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Restaurant chain Carluccio’s – which has two branches in York – has drafted in advisers to look at pushing the company into administration, affecting around 2,000 workers.

FRP Advisory confirmed it had been appointed by Carluccio’s with all options open, although with all sites shut due to coronavirus a collapse is most likely, it is understood.

A spokesman for the advisers said: “FRP is working with the directors of Carluccio’s to consider all options for the company in the current climate.”

The York branches are in Fenwick in the Coppergate Centre, and a flagship restaurant in St Helen’s Square.

Earlier this week, staff from the chain saw their wages for the past month slashed in half as part of cost cutting measures to mitigate the impact of the pandemic.

Chief executive Mark Jones confirmed he would not receive pay for the month as it sought to preserve cash.

Bought for £90 million

The chain’s founder, the late Antonio Carluccio, celebrated his 80th birthday at the St Helen’s Square restaurant in 2017

Dave Turnbull, Unite national officer for the hospitality sector, said: “If Carluccio’s does enter administration Unite will ensure that our members receive their unpaid wages, redundancy, notice and holiday pay.

“Unite will also be looking at making a protective award on behalf of our members for a failure to consult.”

The restaurant chain was founded by Italian chef Antonio Carluccio in 1999, growing into a familiar brand on UK high streets.

Carluccio’s is owned by Dubai-based Landmark Group, which bought the business for £90 million in 2010.

The company closed 34 of its restaurants in 2018 as it underwent a Company’s Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) restructuring deal in a bid to secure its future.