On Tuesday, news broke that Jamie Oliver’s empire had collapsed as 22 of the chef’s UK restaurant were set to close.
However, today it has been revealed that Jamie’s Italian in Dundrum will be unaffected by the UK closures. The restaurant is a franchise and completely separate from the UK.
The Dublin restaurant is one of 61 overseas Jamie’s Italian International Limited outlets run by franchises that are unaffected by the administration.
Speaking about the closers, restaurateur Gerry Fitzpatrick said: “We are saddened by the news of our UK colleagues but I want to assure all our loyal customers that we will continue to work with local suppliers and serve great food, the Jamie Oliver way.
“Jamie’s Italian Dundrum is a very healthy, profitable business, which is completely independent of the UK”
Recently, the restaurant has launched many new family orientated initiatives which include: ‘kids eat half price’ during school holidays; a competition with the movie ‘Wonderpark’; and also launched the new ‘Super Lunch’ set lunch menu.
Jamie Oliver said: “Gerry and his team have really embraced what we are all about. They are a longstanding partner who share our absolute passion for food and have long been a shining example for using the very best local produce Ireland has to offer.
“We are so pleased they are expanding in this great market. However sad today’s news is for the UK restaurant business, we are looking forward to continuing this great partnership in Ireland.”