Boparan Restaurant Group, the operator behind Giraffe, Ed’s Easy Diner and Slim Chickens, has announced the closure of all sites under its Giraffe and Ed’s brands.

“During very difficult times, we have taken the decision to temporarily close our restaurants to protect both our guests and team,” the company said on its social media. “Thank you for you love and support and we’ll be back soon.”

Its seven Slim Chickens restaurants, which all opened in the last two years, will remain open for the time being.

Like other operators, the brand is showing its appreciation for health workers by offering 50% off food to NHS and frontline staff.