Money Jamie Oliver's Australian restaurant chain goes into voluntary administration as one of his Italian eateries closes immediately - and staff say they were given no reason for the sudden closure

04:10  17 april  2018
04:10  17 april  2018 Source:   Daily Mail

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  Suppliers left out of pocket after closure of Jamie's Italian Canberra A number of suppliers have been left out of pocket after the sudden closure of Canberra Jamie's Italian restaurant.Canberra craft brewers Capital Brewing Co are owed thousands of dollars after the Bunda Street restaurant closed without warning on Monday and the Australian arm of Jamie's Italian entered into voluntary administration.

WORLD renowned chef Jamie Oliver ’ s company has cooked up more than 5 million in debt, with his Italian restaurant chain forced to shut down a number of its eateries .

Jamie Oliver ' s Barbecoa steak restaurant chain plunged into administration yesterday, leading to the loss of 80 jobs. It is another blow for the celebrity chef after his company revealed it would shut 12 of its 37 Jamie 's Italian branches.

Jamie Oliver's Australian restaurant group has fallen into voluntary administration forcing the immediate closure of at least one of its eateries© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jamie Oliver's Australian restaurant group has fallen into voluntary administration forcing the immediate closure of at least one of its eateries Jamie Oliver's Australian restaurant group has fallen into voluntary administration forcing the immediate closure of at least one of its eateries.

This comes just two years after the embattled celebrity chef bought back the Jamie's Italian chain from failed hospitality group the Keystone Group.

The administration has forced the closure of the group's Canberra-based restaurant, with staff given no warning, the Canberra Times reported.

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Jamie Oliver may have to close 12 more of his Italian restaurants after chain lost £10million Now, Jamie ' s Italian branches at risk include Glasgow, Bristol and Cardiff Staff at Jamie ' s Italian branches could be told of the possible closures next week A spokesman for the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group said it was exploring how to restructure

The closures are part of a Company Voluntary Arrangement, which will allow Italian chain Jamie ' s to secure rent reductions on the remaining estate and exit unprofitable stores. Staff are currently going through a consultation period

a person standing in front of a store: This comes just two years after the embattled celebrity chef bought back the Jamie's Italian chain from failed hospitality group the Keystone Group (Sydney pictured)© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited This comes just two years after the embattled celebrity chef bought back the Jamie's Italian chain from failed hospitality group the Keystone Group (Sydney pictured)

Other Australian restaurants in Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and Adelaide will be taken over by Brisbane-based Hallmark Group.

In a statement via social media the Canberra restaurant said: 'This is pretty sad news for the staff but Jamie's Italian has closed suddenly this morning and it looks like it won't be reopening anytime soon.'

'The remaining restaurants in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Parramatta and Adelaide are to remain open.

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Jamie Oliver is to close six Jamie ’ s Italian restaurants . The closures will affect about 120 employees, less than 5% of the restaurant chain ’ s total staff , and the company aims to offer them alternative jobs at other Jamie ’ s Italian outlets.

Jamie Oliver ' s Italian has racked up debts of £71.5 million with staff owed £2.2 million. The TV star reportedly begged landlords to cut rents to keep the company afloat after closure of branches. The documents show that suppliers for the restaurant chain are owed over £400,000 combined.

'The Canberra restaurant is the only one in Australia to shut, with no reason given for its closure.'

The news comes only weeks after a chef at one of Jamie Oliver's restaurants was spotted using packet gnocchi - despite claims the Italian establishment makes produce fresh daily.

An eagle-eyed customer dining at his Italian eatery on Pitt Street, Sydney, snapped a photo of a chef preparing to use a packet of ready-made gnocchi.

The popular restaurant, which is owned by the 42-year-old celebrity chef, states on its menu it makes 'fresh pasta, right here every day'.

a man preparing food inside of it: An eagle-eyed customer dining at the eatery on Pitt Street, Sydney, snapped a photo of a chef (pictured) preparing to use a packet of ready-made gnocchi while a slab of frozen ingredients appears to sit close by© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited An eagle-eyed customer dining at the eatery on Pitt Street, Sydney, snapped a photo of a chef (pictured) preparing to use a packet of ready-made gnocchi while a slab of frozen ingredients appears to sit close by a close up of text on a white background: The popular restaurant, which is owned by the 42-year-old celebrity chef, states on its menu it makes 'fresh pasta, right here every day' (pictured)© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The popular restaurant, which is owned by the 42-year-old celebrity chef, states on its menu it makes 'fresh pasta, right here every day' (pictured)

Jamie Oliver's world-renowned restaurant chain is facing troubled times after it was revealed the company had cooked up more than $125 million in debts.

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James Trevor Oliver , MBE (born 27 May 1975) is a British celebrity chef and restaurateur. His typically English cuisine has garnered him numerous television shows and restaurants . Born and raised in the village of Clavering, Essex

Jamie Oliver . 1. When he was fourteen, his ambition was to run a pub, just like his dad. With a chain of restaurants , a number of popular television series and best-selling cookery books, Jamie Oliver is a well-known name in every UK household.

The UK chef has been forced to close a number of his under-performing restaurants in Britain as his overseas eateries hang in the balance.

The TV chef's chain, which now has 25 restaurants in the UK and 28 overseas, announced on Friday that they will see twelve of his restaurants close as part of a company restructure.

The firm said: 'We are pleased to have received the overwhelming support from our creditors for our proposal to reshape Jamie's Italian restaurants.'

'We have a strong brand and are focused on continuing to deliver the levels of service, taste and the experience our loyal customers deserve.'

Jamie's Italian has six locations in Sydney, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide and Brisbane.

The chef officially bought back his Australian restaurant portfolio from Keystone Hospitality Group after it was placed into receivership with debts topping $80 million.

'I believe in Australia and I'm invested in it in so many ways. I can't wait to get over there,' the chef told The Daily Telegraph last year.

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