Jamie Oliver sells off Australian restaurants

Jamie Oliver sells off Australian restaurants

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The Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group Australia, which operated six Jamie's Italian restaurants in Australia, slipped into voluntary administration on Monday.

It comes less than two years after the chef bought back his Australian restaurants after the collapse of franchisee Keystone Group.

According to the statement, Jamie's Italian Canberra will close "with immediate effect" and their five other national locations will be taken over by the Brisbane-based Hallmark Group.

In February, it emerged that Oliver's United Kingdom hospitality operation was facing significant debt challenges, owing around $126 million to a range of parties, including $3.9 million to staff and close to $73 million to suppliers.

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Oliver's businesses are not only struggling to make ends meet overseas.

But the company was put into administration in order to hand over the business to Hallmark.

COO of Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group Australia Ben Shaughnessy expressed his support of the new partnership.

"We'll be working closely with Jamie and the United Kingdom team, staff and local suppliers to keep driving the business forward and delivering exceptional experiences across the country", a statement by Hallmark said.

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