A popular family restaurant could be at risk of closure after an announcement made by owners.

Wildwood, in Billericay High Street, is under threat of closure following an announcement made by owner Tasty, who operate the 43 Wildwood restaurants and six Dim-T pan-Asian restaurants.

The company has said it plans to close around 20 loss-making restaurants after a "challenging" start to the year.

Restructuring would see 18 restaurants closed with two already shut to customers.

Tasty has not disclosed the locations of the sites earmarked for closure. 

On Tuesday, the hospitality group said its financial performance “continues to be inhibited by a tail of underperforming sites, despite efforts at improving operational performance”.

The company added: “The use of a restructuring plan is considered the most effective means to reorganise the group to return it to profitability and secure its long-term future which should change the financial viability, profitability profile and long-term prospects of the group.”

It will also enter into a  £750,000 loan agreement with Bet365 shareholder Will Roseff in order to fund the restructuring. 

Tasty’s bosses said they expect the plan will improve earnings by up to £2.1 million by the 2025 financial year, particularly through the restaurant closures and other cost savings.

The group said it expects to operate around 30 restaurants by the end of the current year.

The proposals are to be circulated to Tasty’s creditors before a court hearing expected later this month.

On Tuesday, Tasty added that it expects to confirm revenues of around £46.9 million for 2023, up from £44 million in 2022.

It has also trimmed its earnings loss to £900,000 last year from a £2.7 million loss a year earlier.

The group has made “reasonable progress” so far this year “despite difficult recent trading conditions”.