Southend's Bella Italia will be closing as it's owners entered administration, it has been revealed.

The restaurant, on London Road, will be shutting it's doors to customers after Casual Dining Group, who own the Italian chain, entered administration.

Southend's Bella Italia is part of the group of 91 Bella Italia, Cafe Rouge and Las Iguanas restaurants that will close.

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1,909 jobs will be axed by the Casual Dining Group.

'Multiple offers' are said to have been made for the business, but all of them 'envisage a reduced restaurant estate'.

Elsewhere in Essex, Chelmsford's Cafe Rouge will be closing, along with Braintree's Las Iguanas restaurant.