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Jamie’s Italian Canberra closes doors

Ian Bushnell 16 April 2018 37

Jamie’s Italian Canberra has not been able to escape the downturn in fortunes for Jamie Oliver’s restaurant empire. Photo: Jamie’s Italian.

Jamie’s Italian Canberra has closed suddenly, with the Canberra Centre restaurant not opening on Monday and the phone disconnected.

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

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

Jamie’s Italian restaurants in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Parramatta and Adelaide will now operate under Hallmark Group, and the Canberra restaurant is the only Australian Jamie’s Italian franchise to close.

The ABC reported that the closure meant 41 people had lost their jobs – 13 full-time and 28 casual. The establishment has said that all workers will be compensated.

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver took control of his Australian holdings a little over 12 months ago, buying his six Jamie’s Italian restaurants from the receivers of the failed Keystone Group, but since then, Oliver’s UK interests have run into trouble.

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37 Responses to Jamie’s Italian Canberra closes doors
Lynne Eversham Lynne Eversham 6:13 pm 16 Apr 18

Its a shame people are out of work.. but not as good as it was when first opened

Anthony Gum Anthony Gum 6:24 pm 16 Apr 18

Maybe Ramsey could have resurrected it..?

David Graver David Graver 6:25 pm 16 Apr 18

Got turned away one night as we hadnt booked...even though over a 3rd of the resteraunt was empty...never went back...good riddance...

    David Graver David Graver 2:57 pm 17 Apr 18

    youre probably right...I was wearing my Benny Em mask...

Karla Berkeley Karla Berkeley 6:38 pm 16 Apr 18

Small serves at horrendous prices. Not surprised it has closed..

Carol Kemmett Carol Kemmett 6:44 pm 16 Apr 18

Too commercialised, had better Italian in CBR

Jessica Wardell Jessica Wardell 6:48 pm 16 Apr 18

Didn’t this happen a while ago?

I thought I heard that Jamie himself had to step in to save the place last time

    Luke Miller Luke Miller 7:00 pm 16 Apr 18

    Some restaurants were said to close, but Canberra was excluded... Until now.

Ben Cridland Ben Cridland 6:51 pm 16 Apr 18

The chefs and staff will already be snapped up by other restaurants!

Amy Broadhurst Amy Broadhurst 7:22 pm 16 Apr 18

Amy Vig lucky we went there for lunch!

Jay Bee Jay Bee 7:22 pm 16 Apr 18

Christian - as we were saying

    Christian West Christian West 10:10 am 17 Apr 18

    Aaron and I walked by on Saturday looking for somewhere to eat and I suggested there. But then we went and had toast instead. I'll never try Jamie's now. Oh well.

    Tom Munro Tom Munro 10:30 am 17 Apr 18

    Christian West good decision. I bet the toast was more satisfying

    Christian West Christian West 10:37 am 17 Apr 18

    Tom Munro Actually it was really really disappointing. I should have had dumplings instead

    Tom Munro Tom Munro 10:41 am 17 Apr 18

    There’s never a bad time for dumplings

Mick Andrews Mick Andrews 7:23 pm 16 Apr 18

Bring back Zefferelis!!was the best

Angie McDuff Angie McDuff 7:29 pm 16 Apr 18

Not surprised. Last time I went it was dreadful customer service, average food and to top it off my 4 year ended up with gasto (food induced). Have never been back. Such a shame as it started out really well and was a great place for kids to eat out.

Daniel Pickering Daniel Pickering 7:44 pm 16 Apr 18

Richard Gallier they never recovered from the Gordon drink spilling incident.

    Richard Gallier Richard Gallier 8:42 pm 16 Apr 18

    Started bad and obviously went downhill 😂

Cath Hillman Cath Hillman 7:46 pm 16 Apr 18

Hmmmm luck the boys got out when they did !

Lucy Baker Lucy Baker 8:06 pm 16 Apr 18

I didn’t know there was a Jamie’s in Canberra. I cannot believe they thought the Canberra Centre would be a good location!

Louise Nauenburg Louise Nauenburg 8:13 pm 16 Apr 18

Sad that Jamie’s name was in anyway associated with the restaurant grp. They ruined Kingsleys now Jamie’s.

    Darren Wade Darren Wade 4:56 am 17 Apr 18

    didn't realize 'borrowing' a face washer a few years would cause them to go under :)

Peter Bee Peter Bee 8:37 pm 16 Apr 18

Woeful customer service and too exey for what it was

Peter Zivkovic Peter Zivkovic 9:16 pm 16 Apr 18

Horrible restaurant

Carolyn Luchetta Carolyn Luchetta 11:01 pm 16 Apr 18

Angela well that rules this option out for dinner!

Anohs Llihpmeh Anohs Llihpmeh 12:09 am 17 Apr 18

We went a long time ago with a group of friends= extremely salty food, poor service/expensive. Vegan/no lactose friend clearly id'ed her needs when ordering = dairy dressing on her food, she ate and sore tummy result. We gave constructive and sincere feedback on the night and later in writing and no acknowledgement of our concerns/resulting problems .. our desire was a simple sorry, thank for feedback, we will take on board ... Famous name franchises unfortunately have little control over the end product ... the name does not always maketh the food served. We prefer realised small establishments/local money in/local produce out to us, more creative/hands on food = happiness for us as customers.

John Garvey John Garvey 6:50 am 17 Apr 18

I have pretty much the same opinion as everyone else it seems. Overpriced food and poor service. I quite like a Negroni as an aperitif, so I know what they are supposed to taste like. The one I was served did not have any gin in it.

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