Another big-name venue in Cheltenham has announced that it has closed.
The Brewery Quarter in Cheltenham has already lost the likes of the large cocktail venue Babel as well as popular restaurant-chain Frankie and Benny’s and now another brand will be joining that list.
Mexican restaurant brand Chiquitos became defunct in March, not long before the pandemic, and there is now no longer any sign of the venue in the Brewery Quarter.
The restaurant was part of the same company as Frankie and Benny’s: The Restaurant Group – who also own the likes of Wagamama.
A spokeswoman for The Brewery Quarter said: “The Brewery Quarter was deeply saddened to receive the news that The Restaurant Group has had to close some of their Frankie & Benny’s and Chiquito sites across the country.
“As a result, Chiquito and Frankie and Benny’s will not be reopening in The Brewery Quarter.
“We have already welcomed contemporary brands such as The Botanist, as well as retailers Luke and Urban Outfitters, not forgetting the multi-million refurbishment of Cineworld last year.
“With some exciting new additions in the pipeline such as The Alchemist, we are confident that we will continue to be Cheltenham’s premier leisure destination.”
These are not the only casualties the town is facing as popular pie and pizza spot The Stable, who occupy a large unit in Clarence Street, announced that they would not be reopening following lockdown.
And Cheltenham is not the only place in the county losing long-standing brands. Gloucester has also lost a Frankie and Benny’s chain in St Oswalds Retail Park as well as The Harvester in St Oswalds Road.
However it’s not all doom and gloom as cocktail bar The Alchemist, which already has venues in Manchester and Cardiff, is set to open in Cheltenham at the end of this month after having to push their initial launch date back several times.
Whilst a number of new shops including Tommy Hilfiger, Molton Brown and Neon Sheep are all set to open stores in Gloucester Quays.