A city centre restaurant which was due to permanently close has announced that it will, in fact, reopen.
The Leicester branch of Bistrot Pierre was one of six branches of the French restaurant chain that were set to shut for good after the company went into administration in July.
A total of 19 Bistrot Pierre restaurants were acquired in a pre-pack administration by a new firm named after the year the business was founded, Bistrot Pierre 1994 – reported to be backed by the brand’s chairman, John Derkach, and chief executive Nick White.
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Leicester was not one of the restaurants acquired, and it was set to close permanently, along with restaurants in Bath, Cardiff, Harrogate, Middlesbrough and Sheffield.
However, the chain has now announced that the Leicester eatery has been saved, and will reopen next month.
A statement on the Bistrot Pierre Facebook page read: “We’re beyond excited to announce that our Leicester Bistrot is coming BACK!
“We’ve managed to save our iconic Bistrot and we couldn’t be happier to reopen our doors and welcome our loyal guests back once again.
“After 17 years of celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and many weekly get-togethers with friends and family, we’re delighted that we have the opportunity to continue to be a part of your lives and make even more unforgettable memories with you.
“We’ll be announcing the official open date very soon, but we can confirm it will be in September – so watch this space! We’re so excited to see you again…”
Leicester’s Bistrot Pierre, in Millstone Lane, opened in November 2003 and underwent a huge refurbishment in 2017.
Talking about the reopening, a spokesperson for Bistrot Pierre told LeicestershireLive:
“We originally made the decision to close our Leicester Bistrot due to a multitude of factors including social distancing.
“Leicester has been a big part of the Bistrot brand for 17 years and we have many loyal customers who we have created unforgettable memories with.
“We’ve worked tirelessly to try and open it again, rethinking the safety measures to optimise social distancing and coming to a new agreement with our landlord, resulting in the opportunity to save our Bistrot.
“The response from our opening announcement has been overwhelming and we couldn’t be happier!”