Tony Macaroni bosses blame 'immense challenges' after Kilmarnock restaurant axed

Tony Macaroni bosses have blamed 'immense challenges facing the entire hospitality industry' as the reason for closing their Kilmarnock restaurant.

The Queen's Drive venue closed suddenly last weekend leaving some punters stunned.

The closure, on Sunday, was followed by the restaurant signs being ripped down the following day.

This week, bosses at the pizza and pasta chain have confirmed that the venue is closed for good.

A spokesperson for Tony Macaroni said: "Due to the economic downturn and the immense challenges facing the entire hospitality industry, we have made the difficult decision to cease operations at this venue.

"We are deeply grateful to our loyal customers for their support over the years and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause."

The Scots firm boasts 15 venues across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

A social media post, reportedly from a senior manager at the Viva Italia, the company that owns Tony Macaroni, broke the news to customers.

Siobhian Leslie, who according to LinkedIn, is a general manager at the hospitality firm, said with a "heavy heart" last Friday that the Kilmarnock restaurant would be closing.

She wrote: "Tony Macaroni will close its doors after service on Sunday, June 30 It's with a very heavy heart and very unexpected. Join us this weekend for your last supper at Tony's.

"We want to thank every single one of our customers for your support and we hope that in the near future we will see you all again."

Tony Macaroni has now closed two of its Ayrshire restaurants in just over 12 months.

The Irvine outlet was closed in May 2023 after four years of trading. While the Kilmarnock eaterie lasted less than two years.

Both Irvine and Kilmarnock venues were retrofitted after Frankie and Benny's pulled out of Ayrshire.

Largs is now the only Tony Macaroni left in Ayrshire with multiple branches still operating in Glasgow and beyond.

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