THE Frankie and Benny's restaurant at Friars Walk will close by the end of the month, it has been revealed.

The American-Italian restaurant confirmed to the South Wales Argus that it will shut its doors.

The reason for the restaurant's closure is currently unknown.

Independent councillor Chris Evans said: "This is very sad news.

"My thoughts are with the loyal workers who will be affected."

He added: "There is a great unit available now and I hope to see a Newport independent business take it up."

The chain retains a restaurant in Spytty, Newport.

Friars Walk have been asked for a comment.