Highcross restaurant Carluccio’s has been emptied of its tables and chairs, having closed permanently after the chain fell into adminstration.
The St Peter’s Square restaurant is one of 41 UK restaurants that will not open again.
It now remains in darkness, with post piling up on the doormat, and just the umbrellas standing outside.
The Italian restaurant and deli chain announced in March that it had entered administration, putting 2,000 jobs at risk.
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The directors said they made the decision to place the company into administration “after a sustained period of challenging trading conditions, which have been exacerbated by Covid-19 and the broader issues currently facing the UK’s retail and hospitality sector”.
In May, it was revealed that Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG) had bought the chain – which was founded in 1991 by the late Antonio Carluccio and his then wife Priscilla.
The rescue deal secured the future of 30 UK branches of Carluccio’s, and saved more than 800 jobs.
However, the remaining 41 restaurants – including Leicester – were not reopened after lockdown restrictions were lifted.
There are now three Highcross restaurants in a row which have permanently closed.
In addition to Carluccio’s, Café Rouge next door, and its neighbour Handmade Burger Co, have all closed for good this year.
The Leicester Highcross branch of French restaurant chain Café Rouge permanently closed after its owner, the Casual Dining Group, went into administration at the end of June.
Along with the Loughborough branch of Italian restaurant chain Bella Italia, it was among 91 UK restaurants, out of a total of 250 owned by the Casual Dining Group, which shut for good.
The Leicester branch of Handmade Burger Co closed permanently in January, after the company went into administration for the second time in three years.
While some Highcross restaurants have now reopened following the lifting of lockdown restrictions, many currently remain shut, with temporary closure signs in the windows.