Jonathan Downey has instructed restructuring advisor Resolve to liquidate the company that operates his four street food businesses. 

Trading as Street Feast, the food markets came under parent company London Union, and include Dinerama, Hawker House, Giant Robot and Model Market. 

Downey, who founded the Hospitality Union group to deal with the massive disruption to the industry caused by the coronavirus pandemic, had previously revealed he would be shuttering Dinerama for good having failed to reach a rent agreement with his landlord. 

A pioneer of the street food market and bar model in the capital, Dinerama has been described by Downey as “the best business I’ve ever been involved with”.

Writing on Twitter, he said: “This is a liquidation (a complete closure), not an administration (survival of the business as a going concern) as, due to the calamitous, misguided ‘leadership’ of our political overlords, there’s no business left to save. Best of luck to anyone in the same or similar position.”

Downey previously told how he was unable to reach an agreement for reduced rent at Dinerama in Shoreditch.

He said Model Market in Lewisham was held under a separate lease, so could return under a new operator.

His Soho bar Milk & Honey, which he ran for 18 years, has also closed.

London Union was launched with Leon co-founder Henry Dimbely, and included Giles Coren, Nick Jones, Thomasina Miers, Jamie Oliver, Marina O’Loughlin, Nigella Lawson and Russell Noman as investors.

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