Jamie Oliver’s Italian – yet another East Mid’s High Street victim

Jamie Italian - Low Pavement street, Nottingham

Nottingham has been named as one of the twenty restaurants within the Jamie Oliver restaurant chain which is to close after the chain called in administrators.

One thousand staff across the UK are to be made redundant following the collapse of the firm, which Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver has tweeted to say he is “devastated” over.

Will Wright and Mark Orton from KPMG’s Restructuring practice have been appointed joint administrators to the Restaurant Group and its subsidiaries Jamie’s Italian Limited, Jamie’s Italian Holdings Limited, One New Change Limited and Fifteen Restaurant Limited.

The Group employs approximately 1,300 staff across 25 restaurants across the UK, including 22 under the Jamie’s Italian brand, in addition to Jamie Oliver’s Diner at Gatwick Airport, Barbecoa and Fifteen London.

The Group had recently undertaken a process to secure additional investment into the business and, since the beginning of this year, Jamie Oliver has made available additional funds of £4m to support the fundraising. However, with no suitable investment forthcoming and in light of the very difficult current trading environment, the directors resolved to appoint administrators.

Following their appointment, all but three of the Group’s 25 eateries have closed. Both Jamie’s Italian restaurants and Jamie Oliver’s Diner at Gatwick Airport will continue to trade in the short term while the joint administrators explore options for the site.

Regrettably, these closures will result in approximately 1,000 redundancies. Jamie Oliver Holdings has made arrangements to ensure all restaurant staff salaries will be paid up to the date of the administrators’ appointment.

The international restaurants trading as Jamie’s Italian, Jamie’s Pizzeria and Jamie’s Deli will continue to trade as normal and are not affected by the administration of the UK restaurant business.

Will Wright, partner at KPMG and joint administrator, says: “The current trading environment for companies across the casual dining sector is as tough as I’ve ever seen. The directors at Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group have worked tirelessly to stabilise the business against a backdrop of rising costs and brittle consumer confidence. However, after a sales process which sought to bring new investment into the business proved unsuccessful, the team took the incredibly difficult decision to appoint administrators.

He continued: “Unfortunately, with insufficient funds available to be able to trade the business in administration, all but the Gatwick airport restaurants have now closed. Our priority in the coming hours and days is to work with those employees who have been made redundant, providing any support and assistance they need.”