LONDON — Well-known food and retail chains in Britain are calling in bankruptcy administrators and struggling to pay bills after the government ordered shops and restaurants closed to fight the coronavirus pandemic.Carluccio’s, a restaurant chain that served Italian fare in the U.K. for the best part of three decades, said Monday that it had gone into administration, a form of bankruptcy, less than two weeks after the government shut down all restaurants in the face of the pandemic.The collapse of Carluccio’s, which began life in central London in 1991 and expanded to 71 restaurants across the U.K., puts around 2,000 jobs at risk.It’s unlikely to be the last, with many others likely to face the prospect of bankruptcy if restaurants remain shuttered for months. Cheap government loans are unlikely to be enough for firms that were already laden with debts or were in financial trouble.The coming months will see the survival of only the fittest.Carluccio’s directors made the decision to call in administrators “after a sustained period of challenging trading conditions, which have been exacerbated by COVID-19 and the broader issues currently facing the U.K.’s retail and hospitality sector”.Geoff Rowley, joint administrator and partner at advisory firm FRP, which has


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