Jamie Oliver's restaurants go under down under

Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver's restaurants go under down under

Jamie's Italian Canberra has not been able to escape the downturn in fortunes for Jamie Oliver's restaurant empire.

BDO partners Andrew Sallway, Andrew Fielding and James White were appointed administrators of the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group (Australia) Pty Ltd on Monday.

Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of Jamie's Italian, took over running the restaurants after franchisee Keystone went into administration two years ago.

Jamie Oliver's hopes of rescuing the Australian restaurants opened in his name is over after his business collapsed.

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The chef's Jamie's Italian site in Canberra has shut its doors after it was sold alongside the remaining five restaurants to Brisbane-based Hallmark.

The business entered a company voluntary arrangement that allowed some UK Jamie's Italian restaurants to continue to trade, but there were other casualties, including the flagship operation of Oliver's steak restaurant concept, Barbecoa. Oliver's businesses in the United Kingdom are in debts of £71.5m and he has been forced to close flagship restaurants such as the St Paul's branch of Barbecoa.

But the company was put into administration in order to hand over the business to Hallmark.

"We'll be working closely with Jamie and the United Kingdom team, staff and local suppliers to keep driving the business forward and delivering exceptional experiences across the country", a statement by Hallmark said.

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