Rumours that the Perth Sizzler restaurants were closing today, Friday October 2, have turned out to be just that – rumours.
The three remaining WA outlets – Morley, Innaloo and Kelmscott – are slated to close along with six others in Australia on November 15.
Sizzler poured cold water on the early-close speculation this morning.
“At this stage our WA restaurants are scheduled to close 15 November,” a spokesperson told 96FM.
“Please continue to check our Facebook page for any updates on specific restaurant closures closer to the time. We hope to see you for one last visit.”
Sizzler’s parent company, Collins Foods, has blamed “peak COVID-19 impacts” as one of its reasons for closing the home of the iconic cheese toast.
Collins Foods added it would look to redeploy around 600 employees to its KFC and Taco Bell network.
“Of the three restaurant brands that Collins Foods operates, Sizzler has been hardest hit during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the company said in a statement issued to the ASX this morning.
“As a casual dining concept, and unlike Collins Foods’ KFC and Taco Bell restaurants, Sizzler revenues and earnings have been slow to recover from peak COVID-19 impacts.”
Collins Foods’ CEO, Drew O’Malley said the decision was a “difficult” one.
“As a casual dining concept, Sizzler has been the brand in our portfolio most impacted by the COVID19 pandemic,” he said.
“The ongoing impact of COVID-19 on revenues has meant that unfortunately, these restaurants have not established a clear path to profitability in the foreseeable future.”