PHOTO: The remaining Sizzler stores will be shut with the loss of 600 jobs. CREDIT: JOHN WOUDSTRA

Iconic all-you-can-eat chain Sizzler will fry its final cheese toast in November after parent company Collins Foods said the COVID-19 pandemic had forced it to pull the plug on the brand.

The company’s final nine sites will shut their doors on November 15 following years of underperformance. Around 600 jobs will be affected by the closures and Collins said appropriate redundancy payouts would be awarded and other positions would be found for as many staff as possible, across the company’s Taco Bell and KFC network across Australia.

Collins chief executive Drew O’Malley said the decision was a difficult one for the retailer, but was necessary due to the outsized impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the buffet-centric brand.

“The ongoing impact of COVID-19 on revenues has meant that unfortunately, these restaurants have not established a clear path to profitability in the foreseeable future,” he said.