Jamie Oliver’s UK restaurant ‘smashed up’ in riots
August 11th, 2011
07:55 AM ET

Jamie Oliver’s UK restaurant ‘smashed up’ in riots

Even celebrity-run establishments aren’t safe in the midst of the British riots. “Food Revolution” host Jamie Oliver's Birmingham restaurant, Jamie’s Italian, was vandalized Tuesday, reports Us Weekly.

"Sadly, my restaurant in Birmingham got smashed up windows all gone whole area closed can't open," Oliver, 36, tweeted to his 1.4 million followers. "Staff and customers all safe!"

Luckily, just nine hours later, Oliver posted that the place "got fixed up quick. Sad for many of the other shop owners, especially the small family run businesses in this climate."

The chef and father of four owns another establishment in the area, a cooking school in Clapham Junction that was left untouched by looters and rioters. "My cookery school was in the thick of Clapham riot, but it seems they're not interested in reading or cooking," the chef updated.

"So sad to see whats happening in UK with these riots! All gone mad! Time to get our country back now. We need to come down hard on these idiots," Oliver commented. "My love and thoughts go out to everyone affected by these riots, and all the people I work with who are in the thick of it. Be safe."

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  3. All I know is

    The man did a lot for our schools. There are times bad things happen to good people!

    August 11, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. My name

    Shoot'em up, the lot of'em

    August 11, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. P. Tunstall

    Birmingham is a city in the middle of England. Clapham Junction is in London. Not the same area at all. Not that it matters a whole lot.

    August 11, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. J.Crobuzon

    The rioters were led by window repairmen and carpenters.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. the_dude_is_a_idiot

    He needs to get help with that lisp.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. shelby

    It's a shame anyone's business was smashed up during these riots. Oliver should just be thankful that he has money to simply fix up so fast. It doesn't sound like this guy is that concerned with the other businesses that were affected. It may take the smaller businesses months just to be able to afford the costs of fixing up. They should make the looters clean up the mess and pay for it.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The Måd Råp3r

    Great, now they're talking about blocking social networking sites during unrest. Welcome to 1984 folks. The funny thing is the UK saying it might do this after howling self righteously about freedom and openness when the iranians/egyptians/syrians/chinese clamped down on social networking.

    August 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • truefax

      Classy, but anarchy doesn't work. We need roads, we need public works, and services, things only governments and taxes can maintain. Sargon taught us this, unless you want to go back to living as hunter gatherers.

      August 11, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • The Måd Råp3r

      Yeah the government is certainly a necessary evil, i'd just prefer them a bit less evil. Im actually pretty reactionary on these riots, there's not really any moral force behind their actions, its just mindless looting and rage. After day 2 I'd have sent the stormtroopers in with dogs. But its a slippery slope with media controls, the government could easily use this to stifle dissent.

      August 11, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. KiKiTheBlackAndBeatiful

    Good. He deserved it. Such a pompous @$$h*le

    August 11, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. Krista

    So sad what's going on in London. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people who have lost a loved one, as well as the people who's establishments have been vandalized. I cannot believe people would want to damage their own city. Discusting and barbaric. I hope it stops soon!

    August 11, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. Art Vandolaye

    Isnt this supposed to be the dude that would improvise cooking on a TV show? So sukitup Jamie, go al-fresco, and dont let a few shards of broken glass in the grilled mahi-mahi get you down! -Art

    August 11, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. huelebicho

    Wow...slow news day?
    Spell check...spell check....SPELL CHECK!!!!

    August 11, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. Cathy

    I think it's supposed to be damaged.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. Public Enemy Number 2

    After his restaurant was smashed up, Oliver was seen crying in the corner...about school lunches.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  16. Sheryl

    My heart goes out to the people affected by the riots. My thoughts are with you.

    August 11, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  17. Hilery

    Terrible shame

    August 11, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |

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