Jamie’s Italian HK close down restaurants in Hong Kong. While many restaurants are either temporarily closed or struggling for survival amid virus spread.
Unexpectedly, Jamie’s Italian HK announced to close down outlets in both Hong Kong by late February 2020. Also, its operation in Taiwan has been terminated at the same time.
Back to 2014, Jamie’s Italian HK opened the first flagship restaurant in Causeway Bay. Then the second outlet in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Nowadays, restaurant closures are no longer new to us. Not to mention of independent restaurants, many food & beverage groups are also struggling for survival.
Restaurant closures are soaring too. We are so saddened to see this dining scene in Hong Kong.
About Jamie’s Italian HK
Since 2008, Jamie Oliver launched his first Jamie’s Italian in Oxford, England. At the peak, there were 42 Jamie’s Italian restaurants in the UK.
Then the brand went franchise in a number of cities. Jamie Italian HK by Big Cat Group started in 2014. One is in Causeway Bay, whereas another one is in Tsim Sha Tsui.
Both restaurants are comparatively huge. For instance, the outlet in Causeway Bay has a full floor space of 12,000 s.f. Apart from dining, the venue also work for events or parties.
Jamie’s Italian – Hong Kong Outlets
Apparently, Jamie’s Italian landed on Hong Kong by storm in 2014. It’s the first flagship in Asia too!
At that time, we have seldom seen such spacious western restaurant in Hong Kong. Together with colourful interior, its open space layout has differentiated from other Italian restaurants.
Shortly after the launch of HK Island outlet, Jamie’s second restaurant opened in Tsim Sha Tsui.
In 2016, Jamie’s Italian brought Jamie’s Deli into Hong Kong, which is a food takeaway concept. As we might know, Jamie’s Deli has done pretty well since opening.
So many Restaurant Closures in HK – why?
Coronavirus has already spread in Hong Kong. Before that, many HK restaurants have suffered from disruption of operation due to protests.
Among all, fine dining restaurants have felt the pain most, specially for those in the frequent protest districts.
Unfortunately, Jamie’s two Hong Kong restaurants are in Causeway Bay and Tsim Sha Tsui. Exactly in the frequent protest areas!
Indeed, Coronavirus outbreak has brought a double whammy to Hong Kong FB Industry. Its impact is widespread over all works of life . Not only confined to restaurants, but also retailers, tourism and kindergartens.
Meanwhile, Hong Kong is in a semi-stagnant stage. Schools are closing. Many office workers are still working from home. Even worse, increasing cases of virus infection have kept people away from dining venues.
HK Government has recently announced cash subsidy to FB industry. We hope that the subsidy will be quick enough to reach those about to closing restaurants.