Birley Sandwiches, the City fast-food chain owned by Robin Birley, owner of the Mayfair private member’s club 5 Hertford Street, is on the brink of collapse after it revealed plans to file for administration.
The sandwich chain, which was founded by Mr Birley in the early Eighties, has 10 shops in the City of London and has long been a popular lunch spot among bankers and office workers in the Square Mile.
Mr Birley, who is the son of Mark Birley, the founder of nightclub Annabel’s in Mayfair, said the firm had been trading well prior to the pandemic and was profitable.
However, the shift to home working during the pandemic and harsh restrictions imposed on the hospitality sector have hit sales. The company has been forced to make 75pc of its 220-strong workforce redundant as a result.
Remote working during the pandemic has led to a plunge in commuting.