A POPULAR high street chain is set to close its two Barnsley restaurants after the coronavirus pandemic ‘significantly impacted’ business.

The Restaurant Group - which owns Italian-American chain Frankie and Benny’s - warned last month that scores of its restaurants would not be reopening their doors.

And this week, creditors voted in favour of a restructuring deal that would see 125 branches axed.

Its two restaurants in Barnsley - at Stairfoot, and Cortonwood - are no longer listed on the firm’s website, and so are expected to close.

In an email to managers, the company said: “Many sites are no longer viable to trade and will remain closed permanently. The Covid-19 crisis has significantly impacted our ability to trade profitably, so we’ve taken the tough decision to close these restaurants now.”

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It’s believed some closed branches may reopen as Wagamama, also owned by the group.