Boparan Restaurant Group has acquired the Gourmet Burger Kitchen burger brand and 35 trading sites in a pre-pack administration.

The transaction for an undisclosed amount sees around 27 restaurants close, while saving over 600 jobs. 

The rescue deal follows a similar move from Boparan for Carluccio’s earlier this year.

The restaurant group, owned by so-called chicken king Ranjit Boparan, is understood to have seen off competition from the new owners of GBK’s rival burger chain, Byron, to clinch the deal.

It gives Boparan a 99-strong portfolio of restaurants nationwide with 32 franchised globally.

GBK joins Slim Chickens, Giraffe and Ed’s Easy Diner in the portfolio.

Satnam Leihal, managing director of BRG commented: “We welcome the GBK team to BRG. This latest acquisition is in line with our strategy to grow our restaurant group with quality brands. Whilst it is an extremely challenging time for the sector, we believe quality hospitality businesses will recover in the long term as people return to eating out.”

BRG will also continue GBK’s franchise partnership in the UAE.

GBK’s current owner, South Africa-based Famous Brands indicated that it would not provide further funding to support the UK operation, which before the pandemic operated from 62 outlets and employed nearly 1300 people.

The chain underwent a financial restructuring in 2018 in the form of a company voluntary arrangement which resulted in the closure of dozens of restaurants.

Deloitte handled the GBK pre-pack administration.

 

The GBK sites that now form part of the BRG estate are Basingstoke, Bath, Belsize Park, Birmingham Resorts World, Brindley Place Birmingham, Bluewater, Bracknell, Brighton, Bristol Cabot Circus, Bristol Cribbs Causeway, Bromley, Cambridge, Chiswick, Clarks Village Somerset, Ealing, East Dulwich, Greenwich, Guildford, Kingston, Lakeside, Leamington Spa, Liverpool, Norwich , O2 Greenwich, Oxford, Putney, South Kensington, St Pauls, Staines, Trafford Centre, Waterloo, West Hampstead, Westfield London, Westfield Stratford and Wimbledon.