Langan's Restaurants has closed three of its restaurants to concentrate on the development of its flagship business, Langan's Brasserie.
Langan's Bistro and Odin's, which opened in 1967 and 1972 respectively, are believed to be on the verge of being sold, while Shepherd's, which was launched in 1993, is expected to be redeveloped.
The reorganisation of Langan's Restaurants follows the departure of Richard Shepherd from the day-to-day running of the group and the appointment of Brian Clivaz, formerly managing director of the Arts Club, as chief executive.
Shepherd, who is currently still chairman of the company, said that while he is sad to see the closure of the restaurants, he also believes that it has been a great achievement that they have survived for so long. "Life doesn't stand still and I'm now spending more of my time in the south of France and very much enjoying my life here," he explained.
Clivaz said the company will now concentrate its efforts on Langan's Brasserie, which has always been the most profitable part of the company. "We are currently in a reorganisation phase and our plans are liquid," he said, confirming that he expects to announce future changes for the restaurant in the coming months.
Shepherd joined Langan's Brasserie in 1977, a year after the business was founded by legendary hell-raiser Peter Langan and actor Michael Caine.