Jamie Oliver's Australian Restaurant Group Collapses

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Jamie's Italian restaurants in the United Kingdom have also suffered, dropping in numbers from a peak of 42 restaurants to 25, which Jon Knight, the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group chief executive, attributed to soaring rents and rates...

Global food and facilities management firm Aramark has partnered with Jamie Oliver in a deal that will see the restaurant group's food concepts put into offices and workplaces.

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Pty Ltd collapsed on Monday, with the company being placed in the hands of voluntary administrators less than 12 months after the British celebrity chef visited Australia to relaunch the six local restaurants bearing his name.

In light of the administration, the Canberra Jamie's Italian site was shut immediately yesterday, Business Insider reports.

Oliver past year spoke of "dreams come true" and a "happy ending" when he stepped in to become the owner of the Jamie's Italian chain in Australia. Oliver's businesses have been struggling to restructure their way out of debts of £71.5 million ($126 million).

In March, the chief executive of the United Kingdom business said the company had struggled because it had "rested on its laurels" as more quick service retail businesses entered the British market.

According to the statement, Jamie's Italian Canberra will close "with immediate effect" and their five other national locations will be taken over by the Brisbane-based Hallmark Group.

"The team brings a huge amount of experience and passion for our brand, from collaborating with the key suppliers to our food philosophy", the spokesperson said.

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