All Jamie Oliver Restaurants articles

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    Jamie Oliver claws back £2.4m from restaurant empire collapse


    Celebrity chef pockets cash pile – while suppliers are still owed millions, reports The Telegraph

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    New distillery concept takes former Jamie’s site


    A new gin distillery concept, 1751 Distillery Bar & Kitchen, has opened in the former Jamie’s Italian site on More London Place.

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    Flour power: how Padella changed London’s pasta landscape


    Padella (named after the Italian for frying pan) created the blueprint for pasta-focused small plates places when it opened in 2016. Four years on, founders Jordan Frieda and Tim Siadatan face stiff competition in the space they established as they open their second London site.

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    Hearing the voice of Wetherspoon man


    What can business expect from Boris Johnson’s new administration, bolstered as it is by a solid majority and heading full tilt forwards Brexit? 

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    Review of the Year part One


    Amid a backdrop of casual dining carnage and CVAs around every corner, the industry had plenty of news in 2019. But Pizza Express delivered drama. With 490 sites in the UK, Pizza Express is a national institution. So when it announced a net debt pile of £1.1bn earlier this year, and premature rumours of its demise hit the airwaves, the country rallied itself in the way it does best these days – by keyboard.

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    The Dom Walsh Awards


    Our monthly columnist from The Times hands out his annual awards to brands and operators who have made the past 12 months newsworthy – for better or for worse…

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    Jamie Oliver considering new restaurant openings


    Jamie Oliver has said he would consider opening new restaurants, following the collapse of his restaurant empire earlier this year, but only after the high street has sorted itself out.

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    Jamie Oliver eyes international expansion


    Jamie Oliver’s international restaurant business is to launch a new all-day dining concept, Jamie Oliver Kitchen, in Bali and Bangkok.

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    Bile-ridden, rude and downright nasty


    I have previously used this column to express my astonishment at the extraordinary level of abuse aimed at Jamie Oliver over the failure of his UK restaurant business.

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    Pizza Express: someone has got to take a hit somewhere


    The appointment of financial advisors this week shone a fresh spotlight on the precarious situation at Pizza Express. The celebrity figureheads at Jamie’s Italian and Carluccio’s had already put their crises into the public consciousness, yet the prospect of Pizza Express facing the same woes is an even bigger moment. The brand is credited with creating the concept of casual dining and is the UK’s biggest and most enduringly popular restaurant brand with 490 sites.

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    Branded restaurant market – green shoots of recovery?


    Turning tables is a long-established practice in the restaurant market, albeit perhaps one more commonly associated with times of more buoyant trading than those currently prevailing. Highlighting just how fast the fortune tables can turn in this market, I was fascinated by some recent MCA analysis looking at physical growth by branded restaurant chains across different portfolio sizes. This year, the estate bracket sub-category that is anticipated to add the most net new sites will be ‘small’ operators. 

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    Jamie’s profits plunge following restaurant collapse


    Jamie Oliver has revealed the scale of the impact the collapse of his restaurant group had on his overall business interests. Pre-tax profits at his businesses, made up of Jamie Oliver Holdings, Jamie Oliver Licensing and Jamie’s Italian International, almost halved by 46%, from £14.4m to £7.8m. The business said its profits were “impacted by exceptional costs of £9.9m in the year related to the restaurant group.”

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    Spragg: ‘If you get your proposition right, you are going to win’


    Despite the struggling seen in the casual dining sector, “if you get your proposition right, you are going to win”, believes James Spragg, chief executive, Casual Dining Group.

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    Restaurant insolvencies up by 25%


    More than 1,400 UK restaurants collapsed in the year in the year to end of June 2019 – signifying a 25% increase on the previous year, according to the latest figures from accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young.

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    Pierre White criticises Oliver for Brexit excuse


    Marco Pierre White has claimed Jamie Oliver is “delusional” if he thinks the Brexit is one of the main reasons for the downfall of his restaurant empire.

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    Wingstop announces second site


    Wingstop, the global wing concept, has announced its second UK site will open in Dalston Kingsland High Street. 

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    Restaurants hit by ‘turbulent times’


    Restaurant numbers have dropped for the sixth quarter in a row according to the latest Market Growth Monitor from CGA and AlixPartners, with Italian restaurants hit hardest. Overall there was a 3.4% drop in restaurant numbers in the 12 months to June 2019, meaning an average rate of 18 net closures a week.

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    Dishoom sees profits leap in 2018


    Dishoom has reported a jump in profit before tax, from £0.9m in 2017 to £2.3m for the 52 weeks to 30 December 2018.

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    Analysts’ corner: Mitchells & Butlers


    A material re-rating should lie ahead if the business continues to executive its operational improvement and de-leveraging plans, believe analysts at Berenberg.

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    Wilkinson departs Ivy Collection


    The Ivy Collection’s finance director Dominic Wilkinson has left the Richard Caring-backed group to join TeamSport Indoor Go Karting as chief financial officer, MCA understands.