PIZZA Express says it's still "making dough" in a cheeky post on Twitter following its debt problems.
A couple of days ago, reports that the chain had hired financial advisers sparked fears that it could be the next firm to go bust.
The restaurant chain ended last year with a whopping £1,122.5million debt after a pre-tax loss of £55million, according to its latest annual report.
This is up by £45million compared to its £1,077.4million debt pile for the previous year.
Pizza Express has been hit by increasing rates and rents, and struggled to keep up with a changing casual dining sector.
The chain has repeatedly said it "doesn't comment on speculation" this week, but the tweet appears to hint at its debt problem news.
In a video showing dough being kneaded, it said: "We always knew our dough was worth talking about.
"Thanks for the love. It feels good to be kneaded. We're still making dough."
The restaurant chain has received support from countless fans on social media since the news broke on Monday.
One user said: "Going to be genuinely devastated if Pizza Express folds.
"And not just because that would make it Calzone Express."
Another user added: "People who aren’t bothered about Pizza Express folding have never been in a town they don’t know, at 3pm, with two screaming, hungry kids & a headache…"
While a third one wrote: "The potential closure of Pizza Express has overtaken Brexit as the leading national crisis."
Pizza Express was launched in London in 1965 by restaurateur Peter Boizot and in 2014 it was bought by Hony Capital, a Chinese private equity group.
The restaurant chain declined to comment when contacted by The Sun today.
It's a tough time for restaurant chains, with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver announcing in May that his empire had collapsed.
All but three of his 25 restaurants went into administration, with creditors facing losses of up to £83million.
Last year, Prezzo also confirmed it will close 94 branches affecting 1,000 staff members.
And Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) announced plans to close 17 branches late last year.
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