Restaurant is safe' - but 500 company jobs are cut

PUBLISHED: 11:25 11 January 2007 | UPDATED: 14:57 12 May 2010

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A ROADSIDE restaurant in Royston is not under threat, despite the closure of 37 of the company s other branches across the country. The Little Chef has axed 500 staff but a spokeswoman for the chain told The Crow that the branch in Baldock Road was safe

A ROADSIDE restaurant in Royston is not under threat, despite the closure of 37 of the company's other branches across the country.

The Little Chef has axed 500 staff but a spokeswoman for the chain told The Crow that the branch in Baldock Road was 'safe'.

The branch was bought by private equity firm RCAPITAL along with 193 of Little Chef's 230 restaurants across the country - saving more than 3,500 jobs.

Former owner and chief executive Simon Heath, who bought the business for £52million in October 2005 will continue to run the operation.

He said: "This business has been through incredibly tough times in recent years.

"But one thing we do know from our existing customers and the media is that Little Chef is a much-loved brand.

"RCapital shares our belief in turning this business around, and recognises that there is enormous potential for it to succeed."

RCAPITAL is thought to have paid just £10million for the business.

- Previously there has been an application to develop the Royston site as a hotel.

Permission was granted on April 28 2003 for a 36- bedroom motel at the site. The application expires in 2008.

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