Liverpool-based operator Bistro Qui? has gone into administration, with its three remaining sites currently trading while a buyer is sought.

Ian Brown and John Fisher of Parkin S Booth & Co were appointed as joint administrators, on 18 February, following the sale of its flagship site, The Hub Alehouse & Kitchen to Mission Mars, earlier this month.

The Refinery, in Hope Street, and The Button Street Smokehouse, in Baker Street, in Liverpool, along with Bistro Jacques in Shrewsbury are still trading under the jurisdiction of the administrators, who are looking to sell them off as individual sites, said Brown.

He told MCA that the “jewel in the crown” of its estate had been The Hub, which he said had been a very successful restaurant. “However some of the others were less than successful – rents and rates were high and there was a lot of competition, so the company started to sell off some of the sites; that culminated in The Hub being sold off just before it went into administration.”

Brown said there had been some interest in the sites and they were hopeful they would find a buyer for all three.

Last September Bistro Qui? appointed Christie & Co to dispose of The Hub, The Refinery and Bistro Jacques – a French restaurant in Shrewsbury. It closed its Bistro Jacques restaurant in Liverpool earlier in 2018, while Peruvian street kitchen concept Chicha closed in October, and Bistro Pierre and Bistro Franc shuttered earlier this month.

At the time of Christie & Co’s appointment Mark Friend, director of Bistro Qui? said: “We are selling these businesses with a view to pass the business on to a new operator that has the capacity to grow the three brands nationally.

“All three brands have proven that they can stand the test of time and develop nationally with the right investment.”

In March 2016 the restaurant group, led by Friend and Stephen Slater, appointed advisors to consider its future investment options, including a sale of the business.