A POPULAR family restaurant in Maldon is closing as bosses plan to open again "with a new name".

Maldon Wimpy, in 32a High Street, permanently closed yesterday (May 3) as it is refurbished and reopened under a new name, the Standard understands.

Wimpy was born in London in 1954 and is one of the best-known names on the casual dining scene in the UK.

It is loved by families nationwide for its classic menu items.

One recent Google review of the Maldon restaurant said: "Went to the Wimpy in Maldon for a trip down memory lane with my brother and sister in law.

"I thought we might have been disappointed and although the big squashy leather seated booths are gone, the old menu classics were still there

"The whole experience took me back to my childhood.

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"All I will say is that no other fast food chain gives you brown Derby's or Knickerbocker glories any more."

The Maldon Wimpy has been removed from the chain's list of locations on its website, and is listed as "permanently closed" on its Google page.

A notice on the restaurant door, circulating on social media, reads: "We plan to open again May 20 with a new name and new look to our restaurant."

It is understood the restaurant will remain under the same management.

This would mean the nearest Wimpy to the town is now in Rayleigh.

In a statement on the Maldon restaurant's Google page, a spokesman from Wimpy says: "This Wimpy is now closed. We want to thank our valued customers for all their support over the years."

It is unclear what the new eatery will be.

Wimpy UK has said its looking for a new location in town.