Rallying cry after restaurant closure

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Andy Preston has issued a call for people to safely support the town’s restaurants, bars and businesses after the closure of one well-known eaterie.

Bistrot Pierre, of Albert Road in Middlesbrough, is one of six across the UK that have closed their doors following an administration deal.

The restaurant chain has been acquired by a new firm but the Middlesbrough town centre restaurant is not on the list of the 19 restaurants which form part of the new organisation.

The eatery’s staff are among the 123 workers who have lost their jobs following the deal, overseen by administrators KPMG.

Bistrot Pierre opened its 200-seat Middlesbrough restaurant in 2017, saying it had invested £1m into the project that boasted what was dubbed traditional Parisian-style outdoor terrace seating. At the time, it created 50 new jobs.

Middlesbrouigh mayor Preston said: “The news that Bistrot Pierre is not re-opening is a sad day for the town.

“It’s been a great addition to Middlesbrough but clearly the company has been facing significant challenges, and those have undoubtedly been brought to a head by the Covid-19 crisis.

“My thoughts are especially with those who have lost jobs as part of a company-wide decision, and we will do everything we can to support them to find new employment.

“Our independent sector remains amazingly positive and up for the challenge that lies head, and I’m confident their drive and ambition will help to fill the gap.

“But there’s no doubt we remain in tough times and I’d urge people to support the town’s restaurants, bars and businesses in a safe manner however they can.”