Portsmouth Café Rouge reopens under new ownership after deal to save struggling chain

A FRENCH-themed café at risk of going bust has been saved from closure after it was taken over by a new owner.

By Tom Cotterill
Friday, 21st August 2020, 3:48 pm
Café Rouge in Portsmouth has been saved from closure
Café Rouge in Portsmouth has been saved from closure

Café Rouge Portsmouth, based in Gunwharf Quays, has thrown open its doors once again now under the ownership of a new company called The Big Table, following its successful acquisition of the Bella Italia, Café Rouge and Las Iguanas brands.

The companies had been under threat of closure after business plummeted due to the coronavirus lockdown.

But an 11th-hour deal by The Big Table helped to save the chains and preserve more than 4,000 jobs across the UK and more than 150 restaurants.

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Jacqueline Fletcher, head of marketing at Café Rouge said: ‘For over 30 years, Café Rouge has been an iconic part of the British high street and a much-loved restaurant by all.

‘Although recent months have been the toughest our industry has ever faced, we’re delighted to be reopening our doors in Portsmouth and very much look forward to welcoming back our customers, whether dining in or popping by for a cocktail or two.

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‘Whilst we promise the restaurant will be that which our customers know and love, we are taking extensive precautions and have introduced new procedures in line with government guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable Rouge experience for everyone.’

To view all Café Rouge menus, visit www.caferouge.com/menu. To book a table, visit www.caferouge.com/book-now.

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