Jamie Oliver group strife
JAMIE Oliver’s business woes have deepened with his Australian restaurant group falling into voluntary administration.
The celebrity chef’s UK restaurants have been in financial strife amid rising costs and consumer caution, partly as a result of the Brexit vote, and his Canberra venue has now been closed.
The Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group Australia, which operated six Jamie’s Italian restaurants in Australia, slipped into voluntary administration on Monday.
The Canberra restaurant was closed down, while Brisbane-based Hallmark Group will take over the management of Jamie’s Italian restaurants in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Parramatta and Adelaide.
A statement by his restaurant group said Australia was still one of his best performing international markets.
Hallmark, the owner of Brisbane Irish bar Finn McCools, said it was also looking at new suitable locations.