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Jamie Oliver predicts restaurants will need to think of themselves more like gig venues or museums

Jamie Oliver says the struggles that have gripped the restaurant industry during the past 18 months could turn out to be a “defining” moment for the industry – and lead to a scenario where operators might need to treat their businesses more like gig venues or museums in future. Mr Oliver’s own business has famously

EXECUTIVE REPORT: CEO of Jamie’s Italian reveals how chain plans to bounce back

The Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group had a turbulent entry into 2018. Weeks of business troubles culminated in a CVA involving 12 restaurant closures, leaving the foodservice industry to speculate on the fate of the brand. But now, CEO Jon Knight, has vowed to face up to the group’s ‘complacency’ and defiantly declared that the ‘fight

Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group CEO: ‘Business rested on its laurels but we will turn it around’

The CEO of the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group, which closed 12 of its Jamie’s Italian restaurants in recent weeks amid reports that it has £70m of debts, has admitted that the company had allowed competition to ‘encircle’ it in the last few years and had failed to act.   Jon Knight, who was appointed CEO

Jamie’s Italian shreds kitchen paperwork and puts the focus on cooking

Jamie’s Italian might be going through a turbulent time at the moment as it restructures its UK store estate, but that hasn’t stopped it from investing in technology to optimise its kitchens. The chain is bidding to replace paper checklists and forms by digitising its operational process in a  move to boost productivity and efficiency.

Business rates data exposes why chains are begging landlords to slash rents

Restaurant and casual dining chains are joining retailers in their struggles against the “onerous” business rates regime, with some fall-out in the high street highly likely, Colliers International has said.  With the negative impact of the 2017 Rating Revaluation hitting casual dining chains, the property agency said that rising rates had “substantially” added to their

Agent instructed to oversee sale of Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa sites

The Jamie Oliver Group has instructed property agents to find a taker for its two Barbecoa sites in Central London, it has emerged. The highly-prized units are expected to attract international interest, which means a deal could happen quite quickly. Specialist adviser Christie & Co has been hired to oversee the sale and while it

Jamie’s Italian describes closure of 12 branches as “crucial” to ensuring chain continues to trade

Twelve branches of Jamie’s Italian are set to close following a review of the business undertaken by the firm’s management. The Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group confirmed in a statement that it will shut sites in Bath, Bristol, Bluewater, Kent, Chelmsford, Essex, Harrogate, Kingston-upon-Thames, Milton Keynes, Reading, St Albans, Hertfordshire and two in London in Greenwich and Threadneedle

Jamie’s Italian explores plans to restructure UK restaurant estate

Reports suggest that further Jamie’s Italian branches could be at risk of closure as the chain weighs up plans to restructure its business in the UK. The group, which runs approximately 45 restaurants, closed half a dozen sites this time last year, citing Brexit pressures for the cull. Jamie Oliver himself said in a newspaper