POPULAR Westhoughton restaurant La Scala has closed.

The Chorley Road restaurant shut suddenly around two and a half weeks ago.

Just last year, it was a runner up in the English Italian Awards, which celebrate the best Italian businesses in the country.

The reason for the venue's closure remains unclear but customers have taken to social media to share their disappointment.

One person wrote on Facebook: "That's a real shame".

The Bolton News have approached La Scala for comment.