Jamie’s Italian, the casual dining chain spearheaded by Jamie Oliver, will open its second site in Australia early next year in Perth, as it gears up to spread its wings internationally over the next 12 months, The group, which recently opened its 30 the site in the UK, will open in 140 at the Mitchell Building in Perth early next year. It opened its first site in Australia, in Sydney last year under a franchise agreement with Pacific Restaurant Group (PRG). Oliver said: “Australia has always been close to my heart since I first visited around a decade ago and I had a brilliant time when I was there earlier this year for the launch of Jamie's Italian Sydney. I get a lot of wonderful tweets from Australians who have eaten at Jamie's Italian restaurants in the UK, and now Sydney, so to have another Jamie's Italian open in Australia is really special for me. We've wanted to open in Perth for a while and now we've found the perfect location on William Street, right in the heart of the city.” The company, which currently operates a further international site in Dubai, will open its first site under franchise in Ireland, in Dublin, next week. It has also lined up an opening in Russia over the next six months. The launch of a second site in Dubai is also mooted for near the end of the year. The group, which earlier this year formed a new company, Jamie’s Italian North America, to oversee its launch and growth in the US and Canada, is also believed to be targeting New Zealand and Sweden as further future international destinations for the brand. The group opened three new sites in the UK over the summer in Edinburgh, Norwich and York, to takes its domestic estate to 30 sites. It is believed to have sites lined up in Aberdeen, Newcastle and London’s Denman Street near Piccadilly for openings over the next 12 months.