Aramark Signs Agreement with Jamie Oliver Group

Jamie's Italian Canberra closes doors

Both Fairfax and the ABC reported that a statement from the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group had confirmed the closure "with immediate effect".

Jamie's Italian restaurants in the United Kingdom have also suffered, dropping in numbers from a peak of 42 restaurants to 25, which Jon Knight, the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group chief executive, attributed to soaring rents and rates...

The celebrity chef's United Kingdom restaurants have been in financial strife amid rising costs and consumer caution, partly as a result of the Brexit vote, and his Canberra venue has now been closed.

It means the remaining restaurants in Brisbane, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide are safe for now; a Hallmark representative told the AFR it's "seeking new suitable locations for the next Jamie's Italian".

"Australia has and continues to be one of our best performing worldwide markets", Mr Shaughnessy said.


"We look forward to working with Aramark and exploring opportunities to establish fully branded retail restaurants in multi-tenanted office and retail environments managed by Aramark", said Knight.

They also announced that Brisbane-based Hallmark Group would take over operating the Australian franchise of the Italian chain.

The company operated six Jamie's Italian branded restaurants across Australia, after Oliver purchased the brand back from collapsed former operator Keystone Hospitality Group in November 2016.

Oliver previous year spoke of "dreams come true" and a "happy ending" when he stepped in to become the owner of the Jamie's Italian chain in Australia.

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