Prezzo will stay in Canterbury, but Chimichanga is to close

Prezzo Italian or Tex-Mex Chimichanga – who’s for the chop in Canterbury?

The parent company which owns restaurants Prezzo and Chimichanga has decided the axe will fall on the Tex-Mex eatery.

Private equity firm TPG Capital will retain the spacious Prezzo Italian restaurant in the former Post Office in the High Street.

But its neighbour Chimichanga, which was also once a Post Office, will shut.

TPG is shutting 94 of its restaurants nationwide as part of a restructuring programme to pay off debt. Some 1,000 staff will lose their jobs.

Teacher and mum-of-three Lucy Fowler has eaten at Prezzo and tried to be seated at Chimichanga – but without success.

The 33-year-old said: “I would have been dismayed if Prezzo had been forced to shut because I had some decent times in there.

“But my only visit to Chimichanga was a disaster. We fancied some Mexican and so popped in there where we stood like idiots for about three minutes with no one coming to seat us.

“We just left. I won’t be sad to see it go.”

The restaurants TPG is closing are scheduled to stop operating next month.

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