SIZZLER aficionados will be relieved to learn reports of its demise have been greatly exaggerated.

Social media sites went into cheesy meltdown on Friday with rumours the popular restaurants were being forced to shut down.

Reports said Sizzler's parent company Collins Foods would shut some of its Sizzler restaurants after the brand led to a multi-million dollar write-down.

Reaction was instant and pages sprung up on Facebook like Bring Back Sizzler while the recipe for cheesy toast was published like a sacred artefact rescued from certain destruction.

A statement was posted on Sizzler's web site trying to calm the growing calamity.

"Hi everyone," it said. "Following on from some inaccurate media reports, we can assure you that Sizzler is still a very important part of the Collins Foods family.

"The Board today announced that a small number of our 25 locations will close over the coming financial year.

"Until then, it's business as usual at all Sizzler restaurants. We will keep everyone up to date on any changes.

"We hope to see you at Sizzler soon."

When the QT called to ask if they were closing, Sizzler Booval manager Julie Widdowson said: "No, we most certainly are not.

"We're still trading," she said. "People have been coming in and asking if we're closing."

She said the store, the second Sizzler store to open in Queensland in 1987, was renovated only last November.



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