Düsseldorf (dpa) - The insolvent steak house chain Maredo has given notice to almost all employees.

Because there is hardly any liquidity left for the payment of wages and salaries, one is forced to take this step, according to a letter from the executive floor to the workforce.

Only a rump group in the administration continues to work for the time being.

The industry portal Food Service had previously reported on it.

Maredo filed for bankruptcy in March 2020.

20 out of 35 restaurants were closed, around half of the approximately 950 employees had to leave.

The corona-related closings from November were another setback.

According to the steakhouse chain, the state rejected the request for corona help.

The catering industry has been hit hard by the consequences of the pandemic, and other companies are also under pressure - competitor Vapiano also went bankrupt in 2020.