The Frankie and Benny’s restaurant on Aberdeen beach will be closing at the end of the month.

Parent company The Restaurant Group (TRG), expects to save £5million a year by shutting loss-making restaurants.

This means 18 sites will go – including the long-established Granite City location.

The Press & Journal says the closure is another blow for the Queens Links, which previously saw its Chiquito restaurant, also owned by TRG, close for good back in 2016. Its building still remains vacant near to an empty former Bella Italia branch.

There has been no announcement regarding how many staff will lose their jobs.

It comes as the food and restaurant industry beside the sea in Aberdeen has been the scene of some debate in recent weeks.

Cafes and restaurants that run a bricks-and-mortar operation have been fighting against a food-truck influx into the area.

They argue they have to pay out thousands in business rates and bin costs, whereas food trucks pay none of these costs – just a £195 yearly licence.

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