The burger chain Handmade Burger Co. has fallen into administration for a second time,
resulting in the closure yesterday of all 18 restaurants and the loss of 283 jobs.
The restaurant chain was bought out of administration in 2017 when it closed nine sites. However, it has struggled to survive ever since and despite efforts to secure a sale of the company’s business, this has not been possible.
Leonard Curtis Business Rescue & Recovery has been appointed Joint Administrators of the business.
Joint Administrator David Griffiths said: “The casual dining market in the UK has experienced significant challenges over the last four years, largely as a result of overcapacity in the sector, which has resulted in a significant number of insolvencies.
“Sales at Handmade Burger Co. restaurants have almost halved during this period, which has proved to be unsustainable. It is disappointing that circumstances have meant that a sale of the business has not been possible in this case, but our focus now should be on those employees affected by this difficult news. We will work hard to provide them with all necessary assistance to claim for monies which remain due to them.”
The burger chain had sites across the UK, including Glasgow, Aberdeen and London, and boasted making more than 40 burgers from scratch in each restaurant every day.