Alshaya to be closing down some of your favourite Restaurants

Alshaya to be closing down some of your favourite Restaurants

Alshaya to be closing down some of your favourite Restaurants

Your favorite restaurant may be shutting its outlet in the aftermath of coronavirus as the lockdown delivers massive revenue blows to even large restaurant chains.

Many restaurant chains are now mulling to shut 20-30% of their branches as they are forced to reassess business strategies.

Dine-out joints, cafes and restaurants are one of the worst hit sectors along with retail, aviation and hospitality due to coronavirus. While restaurants were allowed to deliver orders, the same is not sufficient for them to run businesses. 

The restaurant industry has suffered tremendous losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. And sadly, no matter how well-known or beloved, or how big the chef name attached to them, some restaurants will not be reopening after the coronavirus pandemic.

About M.H. Alshaya Group

Alshaya Group is a dynamic multinational business and family owned enterprise with a consistent record of growth and innovation. For 35 years, Alshaya has been a pioneering force in brand franchising, using its exceptional knowledge and experience to expand at pace.

Here’s a look at some of the most popular restaurants that will be shutting down as a result of the pandemic:


AL FORNO, promises a traditional, authentic, Italian feast with unique flavors across the length and breadth of Italy. The simple pleasures of fresh homemade pastas to our pizzas baked using an original wood-fired oven offers the most unique flavor with an Italian twist. 

AL FORNO’s menu combines traditional Italian cooking with a contemporary touch to appeal the food lovers.

AL FORNO blends tradition with creativity to give you the taste of Italy from thousands of miles away


Arby’s is the place for people hungering for a unique, better tasting alternative to traditional fast food. It’s the favorite place for people who crave something different and better. Serving one-of-a-kind menu items.

Arby’s is well known for slow-roasted and freshly sliced roast beef sandwiches and famous Market Fresh sandwiches, wraps and salads, made with wholesome ingredients.

Blaze Pizza

Blaze Pizza is a modern day “pizza joint”, serving up artisanal pizzas that are both fast and affordable.

Each Blaze Pizza restaurant features an interactive open-kitchen format that allows guests to customize one of the menu’s signature pizzas or create their own, choosing from a wide selection of fresh, “clean” ingredients.

The generously-sized personal pizzas are then sent to a blazing hot open-flame oven – the centerpiece of the restaurant – where dedicated pizza smiths ensure the thin-crust pies are fast-fire’d and ready to eat in just 180 seconds.

Bridgewater Chocolate

Bridgewater Chocolates are delicious, handmade, American-style chocolates with European-quality ingredients and recipes.

Bridgewater Chocolate prides itself on using the finest ingredients, and the uncompromised quality of their unique handmade chocolates. They offer a variety of chocolates including turtles, caramels, truffles, peanut butter patties, hazelnut pralines, and more.


Café Coco offers a contemporary and trendy twist on European café culture, with an innovative and creative menu that allows customers to experience the tastes of Paris and Rome with hints of familiar local flavours.

Café Coco’s menu is full of innovative dishes like the Poached Eggs with Labneh and Kale, which combines a traditional breakfast item with a Middle Eastern twist and a trending superfood. 


Founded in 1985, Castania Nuts is renowned for selling the finest quality nuts, sweets and dried fruit from around the world.

To ensure its premium quality, all the products are hand-picked and carefully transformed into tasty bites.

Castania Nuts provides customers an opportunity to discover and enjoy a variety of assorted fresh dry and roasted nuts, dried fruit, chocolates and candies for personal consumption or for tasty gifts.


At Cleo Mediterráneo, Chef Danny Elmaleh creates a feast of Mediterranean cuisine unlike any other.Where old and new friends can come together to break bread, share a drink, and trade stories; where the familiarity of the cuisine is elevated by the unexpected.

Le Pain Quotidien

Le Pain Quotidien is an ORGANIC rustic dining experience, known for its freshly prepared organic bread, bringing you the best each and every day. It is the adaptation to the taste of today, a way of life: which is simple, attentive to quality and service in a relaxed and hospitable atmosphere.

An exclusive menu of choice cuisine prepared with the finest organic ingredients is available from our outside catering service, perfect for anniversaries, business functions or simply at home.

Le Pain Quotidien believes that ORGANIC is the way forward.

P.F. Chang’s (Phase 1)

P.F. Chang’s is an Asian restaurant concept founded on making food from scratch every day in every restaurant. 

P.F. Chang’s new menu highlights its wholesome, scratch-cooking approach as well as Chang’s very own recipes such as The Original Dynamite Shrimp, Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Cecelia’s Dumplings and the Mongolian Beef, all of which are often imitated by competition worldwide. The new dynamic menu also introduces new dishes and drinks for your ideal gathering spot around lunch, dinner, or anytime in between.

All these elements combine to showcase the cuisine and create a stylish, comfortable, upbeat dining experience.

Spontini Pizza

Pizzeria Spontini first saw the light in Milan in 1953 in a small shop that fed the Milanese during the economic boom of the post-war years.

Today, Pizzeria Spontini is a business enterprise that employs 150 people.
The Innocenti family, who have been running the business since 1987, are the holders of the Spontini trademark and manages the company’s national and international development through its holding company Spontini Holding.


Véranda, the luxury dining concept restaurant on the first floor of Harvey Nichols Kuwait promises to be the destination for haute cuisine, combining a delicately conceived menu from world-class chefs and an ambiance taking into account the finest of interior décor details. An exclusive concept based around Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine with influential Asian fusions.

400 Gradi

Johnny Di Francesco’s 400 Gradi Naples inspired Italian restaurant was launched in 2008 to offer guests award-winning wood-fired Napoletana-style pizza and an array of handcrafted Italian dishes, including pastas, secondis, gelatos, and desserts with a Neapolitan twist. With four locations in Australia and fifth opening soon in the Middle East, 400 Gradi provides an authentic Italian dining experience.