Jamie Oliver is closing his last Union Jacks restaurant, in Covent Garden plaza, bringing an end to the his flatbreads-and-British-comfort-food hybrid after five years. The announcement follows the closure in January of six branches of the celebrity chef’s under-performing Jamie’s Italian chain. The other three Union Jacks branches closed in January 2014. A company spokesman said: […]

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Jamie Oliver is to close six of his Jamie’s Italian restaurants, his company blaming a “tough market” along with “post-Brexit pressures and unknowns” for the move. Is this one of the first examples of 2017 of under-performing businesses reaching for the Brexit ‘get out of jail free’ card? The closures are at Ludgate Hill in […]

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TV chef Gino D’Acampo is parking his pasta machine on Jamie Oliver’s lawn with the announcement that his third My Restaurant will open in Leeds city centre by the end of the year – directly opposite Jamie’s Italian. Billed as “the UK’s favourite Italian chef”, D’Acampo made his name through TV appearances including a victorious […]

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The issue of discretionary service charges and what percentage of these gratuities actually go to the staff has raised its ugly head yet again. This time PizzaExpress are copping it as members of Unite union organised demos this week denouncing the nation’s favourite chain’s policy of charging up to 8% for administration costs on tips left electronically. They […]

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