The company has blamed the ‘profound’ impact of the coronavirus crisis (Picture: AFP via Getty Images)

Burger chain Byron is to close more than half of its 51 restaurants, resulting in 650 job losses.

The company confirmed it was shutting 31 restaurants on Friday, blaming the ‘profound’ impact of the coronavirus crisis.

The closures are the result of an administration rescue deal that will see 20 of Byron’s restaurants transferred to newly-formed company Calveton UK – with just 550 of its 1,200 employees being kept on.

It comes as the pandemic continues to wreak havoc across Britain’s restaurant industry, with companies including the Casual Dining Group – which owns Las Iguanas and Café Rouge – and the Azzurri Group – owner of Bella Italia – falling into administration in recent weeks.

Prezzo, Wahaca, Wasabi and Pizza Hut Restaurants are also said to be in rescue talks.

Visit our live blog for the latest updates: Coronavirus news live

Speaking of the Byron closures, Will Wright, partner at KPMG and joint administrator, said today: ‘In common with so many other companies across the leisure and casual dining industries, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on Byron has been profound.

‘After exploring a number of options to safeguard the future of the business and following a competitive sales process, this transaction ensures Byron will continue to have a presence on our high streets.’


A lady wears a face covering whilst shopping in Canterbury, Kent, ahead of the announcement that it will soon be mandatory to wear a face covering in shops in England. PA Photo. Picture date: Tuesday July 14, 2020. Health Secretary Matt Hancock will announce today that from July 24 wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets will be mandatory, and anyone failing to comply with the order could face a fine of up to ?100. Enforcement of the regulations will be the responsibility of the police. See PA story HEALTH CoronavirusFaceMasks. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
A lady wears a face covering whilst shopping in Canterbury, Kent (Picture: PA)

Steve Absolom, partner at KPMG and fellow joint administrator, said: ‘It is always a regrettable outcome when hard-working people lose their jobs and so our focus now will be on providing those employees affected by redundancy with the support they need at this difficult time.’

Sandeep Vyas of Calveton said: ‘Byron is a pioneering brand much loved by customers across the UK.

‘We are backing Byron because we believe it has great opportunity ahead of it, and it is well placed to adapt to the new consumer environment and dining trends.

‘We will continue to bring Byron’s great tasting food to customers in restaurants and via digital on-demand platforms, whether they are at work, home or on the high street and we look forward to working with the team.’

Get in touch with our news team by emailing us at webnews@metro.co.uk.

For more stories like this, check our news page.



Source: Metro