Jamie Oliver to Shutter Six Restaurants; CEO Blames Brexit

January 6, 2017

A weaker pound has dealt a blow to the TV chef’s Italian chain

One of the UK’s biggest celebrity chefs is feeling the Brexit pinch: Anti-sugar crusader and Gordon Ramsay nemesis Jamie Oliver is planning to close six UK locations of his fast-casual chain Jamie’s Italian, Bloomberg reports.

“As every restaurant owner knows, this is a tough market and post-Brexit, the pressures and unknowns have made it even harder,” restaurant group CEO Simon Blagden said in a statement.

The pound fell significantly after UK voters approved a referendum to leave the European Union back in June, and that means