Frankie and Benny's in Watford has been saved from closure and "is reopening soon", owners said.

The update comes two months after the restaurant chain announced it would close 125 of its 285 restaurants across the country.

The Restaurant Group, which owns the chain, has been gradually reopening its restaurants as lockdown restrictions eased, but the one in Woodside Leisure Park remains temporarily closed.

A spokesperson for the company told the Observer: “We are delighted to confirm this site will be reopening in due course for our guests. Please look out for further announcements on our social media channels and website as to when exactly we will be open.”

Chiquito in Watford, which is under the same owner and was also located in Woodside Leisure Park, permanently closed earlier this year.

The Restaurant Group announced in March, before the lockdown, that it intended to appoint administrators and it would close 61 of its Chiquito Mexican-style outlets.

Bosses said the hospitality industry was facing "well documented" problems, after the coronavirus pandemic forced many in the sector to close their doors.

What safety measures will be in place when Frankie and Benny's reopens?

The company say they have followed strict Government, Public Health England, Public Health Wales and Public Health Scotland guidelines and have worked incredibly hard to put measures in place to ensure guests feel safe and enjoy great experience.

Diners will notice a number of measures in place to ensure theirs and our team’s safety.

These include:

  • Clear social distancing guidelines and signage
  • Enhanced cleaning practices
  • Mandatory health screening for staff members
  • Increased hand washing

The menus are available digitally and contactless order and payment will be encouraged as well.

Guests will also be asked to book in advance and will be encouraged to pay at the table.

Guests’ contacts will be collected through the digital platforms (bookings, order at table and pay my bill) and stored for 21 days, in accordance to Government’s guidance.