Tossed and Vital Ingredient operator Zest Food has filed a notice of intention to appoint administrators, having already told its workforce they would all be made redundant. 

The 20-strong healthy eating operator is expected to appoint Simon Bonney and Micheal Kiely of Quantuma LLP as joint administrators.

The business had trialled four trial store openings during June, but these were subsequently closed again last week after only running at 5% of normal revenues.

Managing Director Neil Sebba, said with the end of the furlough scheme, and no viabile city centre market, the business had no choice.

He said: “This a hugely sad day for this wonderful business and its fantastic team. I simply could not ask any more of any of them. The risks around covid-19 continues to mean our guests remain at home, and walk-in sales were running at 5% of normal during the trials. It is impossible to forecast when Londoners will feel safe to travel on public transport and return to their offices as a result.

“Faced with contributions to furlough starting in August, redundancies became unavoidable. Unfortunately, we simply do not have a market in which to operate at the moment, and without a viable solution which had the support of all our creditor groups, the directors regrettably considered that an administration was unavoidable.”