As Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain goes into administration, news broke today that his restaurant on King Street has shut down.
Jamie’s Italian closed its doors this morning, with the future of the 70 to 80 staff who work there left in the balance.
It’s being reported staff were unaware of any issues until this morning, with workers turning up for their shifts as normal.
The Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group - which includes Oliver's Barbecoa restaurants and Fifteen London as well as Jamie’s Italian - has brought in KPMG to handle the administration.
According to Sky, administrators this afternoon confirmed 22 of Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain sites have closed, resulting in 1,000 redundancies across the country.
An official quote from Jamie Oliver said:
I am deeply saddened by this outcome and would like to thank all of the staff and our suppliers who have put their hearts and souls into this business for over a decade. I appreciate how difficult this is for everyone affected. I would also like to thank all the customers who have enjoyed and supported us over the last decade, it’s been a real pleasure serving you. We launched Jamie’s Italian in 2008 with the intention of positively disrupting mid-market dining in the UK high street, with great value and much higher quality ingredients, best in class animal welfare standards and an amazing team who shared my passion for great food and service. And we did exactly that.
Our thoughts are with all the affected staff at this difficult time.