Bailiffs remove tables and chairs from Jamie Oliver’s flagship London restaurant a week after his empire collapsed and put 1,300 jobs at risk
- Bailiffs have been clearing out the flagship Jamie’s Italian restaurant near Piccadilly Circus this morning
- The site is one of 22 of his 25 locations to close immediately following the business entering administration
- Oliver’s chain has debts of £71.5million and valuable assets are being removed to help cover the costs
- It took the team of bailiffs four hours to clear site of tables, chairs, kitchen equipment and even a scooter
Jamie Oliver’s flagship London Italian restaurant has been cleared out by bailiffs today after the business went into administration.
The celebrity chef’s beleaguered chain Jamie’s Italian has debts of £71.5million and workers were seen today removing valuables from the eatery near Piccadilly Circus.
Bailiffs were seen loading tables and chairs into a lorry outside the restaurant, which opened in 2014, with furniture piled up inside the vehicle.
The administration has put 1,300 jobs at risk and Oliver was forced to close 22 of his 25 sites immediately.
The 43-year-old, who has netted £240 million during 20 years in the public eye, said he was ‘devastated’ and ‘deeply saddened by the outcome’ in a statement.
He thanked staff and suppliers, adding: ‘I appreciate how difficult this is for everyone affected. It’s been a real pleasure serving you.’
It took the team of bailiffs four hours to clear the site of valuable assets, with kitchen equipment, machinery and even an orange scooter among the items removed.
Jamie Oliver’s flagship Jamie’s Italian restaurant near Piccadilly Circus has been cleared out by bailiffs today, pictured
Among the assorted items taken away from the central London restaurant was an orange scooter, pictured right
Bailiffs wearing reflective jackets were seen carefully loading various pieces of furniture and cooking equipment, including this chopping board, pictured, into a lorry
Other workers teamed up to carry heavy pieces of kitchen machinery, pictured, out of the London eatery and into the vehicle
The restaurant, pictured, opened in 2014 and it took the team of bailiffs four hours to clear it of valuable assets
So far 22 of the 25 UK Jamie’s Italian restaurants have closed, including the flagship London branch, right, and around 1,300 jobs are at risk due to the administration. Pictured right is a lorry filled with wooden chairs and tables from the site