KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The parent company of Bravo and Brio has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and temporarily closed all but 21 of the restaurants’ locations.
FoodFirst Global Restaurants said most of the closures were effective on March 20, ahead of its filing Tuesday in Florida.
FoodFirst said it expects to continue as normal during the bankruptcy case.
The company has two locations in Kansas City, Missouri — Brio, located at 502 Nichols Dr. on the Country Club Plaza, and Bravo, located at 7301 NW 87th St. in Zona Rosa.
It was unclear Tuesday morning if those locations were among those temporarily closed, though phone calls from 41 Action News went unanswered.
FoodFirst said the company was “days away from a recapitalization” when the COVID-19 pandemic forced dining room closures.
CEO Steve Layt, who only recently joined the company, said the outbreak “could not have come at a worse time,” and wiped out around 60 percent of FoodFirst’s restaurants.