Jamie Oliver is closing three of his Union Jacks restaurants, leaving just one remaining.
Oliver only launched the British-themed food concept three years ago but blamed a tough market climate for the decision to axe the sites.
Branches in Chiswick, Holborn and Winchester have closed, but it will continue to run its main Covent Garden Piazza restaurant.
The chain confirmed the news on Twitter this week, writing: “It’s no secret that the industry has been affected by the tough climate a proposal has been made to close UJ Chiswick, Holborn & Winchester.”
A spokesman for the Jamie Oliver Restaurant Group told the national media that a review had concluded the three sites were “no longer sustainable in the current challenging climate”, but the Covent Garden outlet was “trading well and will remain fully operational”.
It is understood that most employees will be transferred to Jamie’s Italian outlets, where the company is about to open its 36th restaurant.
The three Union Jacks sites that Oliver has closed are now for sale.