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Pasta la vista! Family-friendly Woodley restaurant Frankie & Benny’s has closed its doors

Shepherds Hill branch shut on December 30

A POPULAR family restaurant has closed, leaving fans of American-Italian food having to travel to get their fix.

The doors to the Shepherds Hill branch of Frankie and Benny’s were shut for good on Sunday, December 30, bringing to an end the mixture of rock ‘n’ roll music, burgers, pasta, pizzas and cocktails.

The company behind the restaurant, which had been a hit with all ages as a birthday party venue, said that the decision for the closure was due to the pressures facing the high street.

It is not the only restaurant chain to be closing branches: Prezzo, Jamie’s Italian and Carluccio’s have all reduced their retail presence over the past year.

A sign in the window alerted customers to the closure

A spokesperson for the restaurant chain said: “The structural decline across retail has been well documented and unfortunately this has impacted certain sites within our portfolio particularly where we are facing difficult headwinds from property costs, amongst other things.

“In light of this backdrop, we have taken the difficult decision to close the Frankie and Benny’s site at Shepherds Hill.”

The company have kept other local branches open, although none of these are in Wokingham borough.

They include branches in Aldershot, Basingstoke, Camberley, High Wycombe and Taplow.

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Phil Creighton

Editor of The Wokingham Paper, and has worked in local journalism for more than 20 years including the Wokingham Times, Bracknell Standard and Reading Evening Post. He's also written for computer magazines, The Baptist Times and, to his delight and probably not yours, interviewed several Doctor Whos.

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