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2,300 small restaurants face closure

New labour law and slow economy blamed

RBTA president Ladda Sampawthong said amid weak sentiment, people are opting to cook their own meals and cut down on dining out. (Reuters photo)

Unfavourable economic conditions and the government's tougher rules on migrant workers are major reasons forcing about 2,300 small restaurants nationwide to close this year, according to the Restaurant Business Trade Association (RBTA).

The situation is worse than last year when some 1,000 Thai-owned restaurants, all non-chain businesses, shuttered their shops as a result of the weak economy.

RBTA president Ladda Sampawthong said amid weak sentiment, people are opting to cook their own meals and cut down on dining out.

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