A READING town centre restaurant has closed as part of wider plans to shut several branches of the chain across the country.

Giraffe, at The Oracle Riverside, shut its doors last week (Monday, June 25).

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The company, owned by Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG), recently announced plans to close 27 of its Giraffe and Ed's Easy Diner branches, affecting hundreds of jobs.

The plans were first announced in March.

An Oracle spokeswoman said: "We look forward to bringing something new to the unit soon, and in the meantime we have a fantastic range of food and drink options at The Oracle, including everything from Buenasado Steakhouse and Las Iguanas to Franco Manca and Zizzi."

It is not known how many staff have lost jobs following the closure.