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Gordon Ramsay Takes Over Spot Previously Owned By Jamie Oliver

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Gordon Ramsay Takes Over Spot Previously Owned By Jamie Oliver

Gordon Ramsay is set to open up a new restaurant in a spot that was previously occupied by Jamie Oliver.

The sweary chef is opening up a Bread Street Kitchen and Bar in Liverpool city centre in a unit that was previously a Jamie's Italian restaurant.

Ramsay already operates numerous Bread Street Kitchen and Bar venues in London and Edinburgh.

An opening date for his Liverpool restaurant hasn't yet been revealed, but signs in the window show it is currently accepting applications for staff.

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Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen and Bar on Bread Street in London. Credit: Alamy
Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen and Bar on Bread Street in London. Credit: Alamy

The space, which is in the city's Liverpool One shopping centre, has been empty for more than two years after Oliver's restaurant chain went into administration.

Speaking in 2019, Oliver thanked his staff and customers for their support over the years.

In a statement, he said: "I am deeply saddened by this outcome and would like to thank all of the staff and our suppliers who have put their hearts and souls into this business for over a decade. I appreciate how difficult this is for everyone affected.

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"I would also like to thank all the customers who have enjoyed and supported us over the last decade, it's been a real pleasure serving you.

"We launched Jamie's Italian in 2008 with the intention of positively disrupting mid-market dining in the UK high street, with great value and much higher quality ingredients, best in class animal welfare standards and an amazing team who shared my passion for great food and service. And we did exactly that."

Jamie Oliver at one of his restuarants in Manchester. Credit: Alamy
Jamie Oliver at one of his restuarants in Manchester. Credit: Alamy

Speaking to The Financial Times, he said: "We had simply run out of cash. And we hadn't expected it. That is just not normal, in any business.

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"You have quarterly meetings. You do board meetings. People supposed to manage that stuff should manage that stuff."

Oliver also revealed that he'd even plunged his own money into the chain in an attempt to keep it afloat.

When asked how things had got so bad, Oliver said it was a 'perfect storm' of issues.

He said: "I honestly don't know. We're still trying to work it out, but I think that the senior management we had in place were trying to manage what they would call the perfect storm: rents, rates, the high street declining, food costs, Brexit, increase in the minimum wage. There was a lot going on."

Featured Image Credit: Liverpool Echo

Topics: Food, UK News, Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver

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