Jamie Oliver's Australian restaurant business has collapsed into voluntary administration

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The Canberra restaurant was closed down, while Brisbane-based Hallmark Group will take over the management of Jamie's Italian restaurants in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Parramatta and Adelaide.

Jamie's Italian restaurants in the United Kingdom have also suffered, dropping in numbers from a peak of 42 restaurants to 25, which Jon Knight, the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group chief executive, attributed to soaring rents and rates...

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The Australian arm of the restaurant group has been put into administration in order to change ownership of the chain, the company said.

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A spokesperson for the Jamie Oliver Group confirmed the sites were sold to Hallmark through voluntary administration.

In March, the chief executive of the United Kingdom business said the company had struggled because it had "rested on its laurels" as more quick service retail businesses entered the British market. The St Paul's branch of the steak restaurant was saved in a pre-pack deal whereby a different subsidiary of Oliver's restaurant company bought the site.

Oliver's businesses are not only struggling to make ends meet overseas. "Do you just let it all go down or go in and let some go down to save the rest?"

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