More proof that the collapse of a restaurant empire was far from terminal for the Naked Chef
Jamie Oliver’s U.K. restaurant empire collapsed six months ago, with Jamie’s Italian and Fifteen closing down. For many restaurateurs, this would be terminal, but the international clout of the Oliver brand — buttressed by books and television — remains undimmed, and Oliver will open around 21 international franchises by the end of 2020, according to the BBC. Two of those are under Jamie Oliver Kitchen, a new “casual” all-day operation first slated for Bangok and Bali, where it will replace existing Jamie’s Italian restaurants. Business booms — just not at home. [BBC]
And in other news...
- It’s “here’s some Christmas food although it’s November” season in London’s restaurants, but it’s also white truffle season and winter warmer season. Choose. Your. Fighter.
- Another pezzo grosso of the Neapolitan pizza world is coming to London, as Gino Sorbillo announces plans to open a restaurant on Regent Street.
- Cantonese chain Wokit is going into liquidation after closing its two sites in the City and a third in Borough Market. [MCA]
- A look into the dangers of fishing for red prawns, seafood du jour on London’s menus. [Guardian]
- Good tweet: