Future of several cafés in doubt after parent company files notice to appoint administrators

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QUESTIONS hung over the future of several Island restaurants yesterday when their parent company, Casual Dining Group, filed notice to appoint administrators.

The Shipyard, Ale & Coffee House at the Elizabeth Terminal – one business operated by the Casual Dining Group (28403848)

Bella Italia on York Street, the Jersey Larder and bar at the Airport and The Shipyard at Elizabeth Harbour Terminal – the latter of which only opened in July last year – are all run by the group, which has been forced to close its venues, in response to Covid-19.

The Café Rapide coffee shop, adjacent to the Airport’s check-in area, is also owned and operated by Casual Dining Group.

Now, the London-based firm, which operates over 650 different outlets and employs over 6,000 people, says providing notice to appoint administrators will provide them with ten days’ breathing space to consider ‘all options’ with regards to restructuring their business.

‘These notifications are a prudent measure in light of the company’s position and the wider situation,’ a CDG spokesperson said.

‘These notifications will also protect the company from any threatened potential legal action from landlords while we review the detail of the government advice, and formulate a plan for the company in these difficult times.’

Meanwhile, Jonathan Crick, Ports of Jersey's chief commercial officer, said: 'Ports of Jersey has contracts in place with Casual Dining Group to operate the catering and refreshment franchises at Jersey Airport and Elizabeth Terminal at Jersey Harbour, although all operations are currently suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic, with no clear timeframe in which they can reopen. The statement issued by CDG means there is no immediate change to its existing operations.'

He added: 'Due to the current restrictions on travel, there is no immediate impact on our business, although Ports of Jersey is actively monitoring the situation to see what any potential changes may have on its future operations at the ports.'

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor

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