Thursday, 30 May 2019

Bailiffs clear out Jamie Oliver's flagship London restaurant and remove furniture and kitchen equipment

Jamie Oliver's flagship London Italian restaurant has been cleared out by bailiffs today after the business went into administration.

The celebrity chef's beleaguered chain Jamie's Italian has debts of £71.5million and workers were seen today removing valuables from the eaterie near Piccadilly Circus.

Bailiffs were seen loading tables and chairs into a lorry outside the restaurant, which opened in 2014, with furniture piled up inside the vehicle. 

The administration has put 1,300 jobs at risk and Oliver was forced to close 22 of his 25 sites immediately. 

The 43-year-old, who has netted £240 million during 20 years in the public eye, said he was 'devastated' and 'deeply saddened by the outcome' in a statement.

He thanked staff and suppliers, adding: 'I appreciate how difficult this is for everyone affected. It's been a real pleasure serving you.' 

But many of his staff were left upset after turning up for their shifts only to find restaurants were shut, with notices left on doors and windows.  

It took the team of bailiffs four hours to clear the site of valuable assets, with kitchen equipment, machinery and even an orange scooter among the items removed.  


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