Carluccio’s in Milton Keynes to close after only 30 restaurants nationally saved

Carluccio’s in Milton Keynes will not be re-opening after only 30 of the chains restaurants nationally were saved in a deal.

The owner of Ed's Easy Diner and Giraffe purchased 30 of the sites after the chain went into administration at the end of March.

It means that 40 of the sites, including Milton Keynes, will not re-open again and staff face redundancies. 

Carluccio's sites which have been saved are Beverley, Bluewater, Bristol, Cribbs Causeway, Cambridge, Cheshire Oaks, Chester, Chichester, Colchester, Derby, Kingston Bentalls, Leamington Spa, Leeds, Trinity, London-Islington Development Kitchen, Marriott Heathrow, Marriott Regents Park, Richmond, South Kensington, St Christopher’s Place, St Pancras Station, Waterloo Station, Wimbledon, Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester Trafford Centre, Portsmouth, Reading, Sheffield, Solihull, Southampton, Stratford on Avon, Walton on Thames, and Dublin.

The closest sites to Milton Keynes are in Derby or London.

Phil Reynolds, joint administrator and partner at FRP, told Chronicle Live: “The Covid-19 lockdown has put incredible pressure on businesses across the leisure sector, so it has been important to work as quickly and as decisively as possible in an extremely challenging business environment to secure a sale which ensures the future of the Carluccio’s brand in the UK casual dining scene retains a significant network of sites across the country and, critically, transfers a considerable number of jobs."

“We wish the team all the best as part of the Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG).”

Satnam Leihal, managing director of BRG, said: “We welcome Carluccio’s colleagues to BRG. This acquisition is in line with our strategy to grow our restaurant group with quality brands.

“Whilst it is an extremely challenging time for the sector, we believe quality hospitality businesses will recover in the long term as people return to eating out.”

Carluccio’s is one of four restaurants located in the Queen's Court area of The Centre MK in Milton Keynes.

Another restaurant located there, Cafe Rouge, is also facing difficulties but no decision has been taken yet as to its future.