A restaurant in Victoria Centre has become the second to close in the shopping centre with the loss of 20 jobs – only a year and a half after the Clocktower Dining area came to Nottingham.

Coast to Coast, an authentic American dining restaurant, was one of the first to be introduced to the shopping centre when intu Victoria Centre announced its so-called Clocktower Dining experience, but has closed after just 18 months in business.

The closure of the restaurant means that 20 members of staff will lose their jobs.

The restaurant will become the second to shut its doors in Vic Centre after Joe’s Kitchen, also owned by the Restaurant Group plc, closed in November of last year.

The Restaurant Group plc also own restaurants such as Frankie and Benny’s and Chiquitos.

Coast to Coast has declined to comment.

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Nottingham has responded to the closure with Rory Doherty, from Mansfield, Nottingham, saying on Facebook: “Service was always good but the food was very expensive for what it was.”

Brandon Reeves, from Bestwood Park, said: “I’ve been there quite a few times and they really nailed the American dining experience, so there’s no doubting its authenticity.

“They just didn’t have the customers, so I can see why they are closing down.”

Raana Christopher, from Nottingham, said on Twitter: “One of the most unsurprisingly generic dining experience so far at Coast to Coast Nottingham #whybother”

General manager of intu Victoria Centre, Nigel Wheatley, said: “We’re disappointed to hear that Coast to Coast is closing its store here and we wish them well for the future.”

Coast to Coast was founded in 2011 and has 21 restaurants around the UK, but that will soon be 20.