A RESTAURANT chain has confirmed it is closing its premises in Bournemouth town centre.

Frankie and Benny's in the BH2 complex is set to shut although an exact closing date has not yet been confirmed.

A spokesperson for the chain said: "The casual dining sector has faced enormous, well documented pressures which have been exacerbated by Covid-19 and the lockdown.

"Unfortunately, we have had to take difficult but necessary decisions to ensure a sustainable future for our business.

"We have been in close contact with affected colleagues throughout this process and we are doing all we can to support them during this time."

The spokesperson said the process of finalising the closing date is ongoing and the priority remains the restaurant's affected members of staff.