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Sour taste: Jamie Oliver’s Italian chain went bust although the Dundrum restaurant is thriving

Sour taste: Jamie Oliver’s Italian chain went bust although the Dundrum restaurant is thriving

Sour taste: Jamie Oliver’s Italian chain went bust although the Dundrum restaurant is thriving

So, Jamie Oliver is opening a new restaurant in Dublin. According to the press release, Chequer Lane on Exchequer Street in the city centre will serve the food that the celebrity chef "really likes to cook and diners like to eat".

The announcement was met with a level of enthusiasm that can at best be described as lukewarm.

Understandably, given the fact that it's less than a year since Oliver's restaurant group - including his Jamie's Italian chain - went into administration, with the loss of 1,000 jobs, the chef's name is not appended to the name of the new restaurant. (The branch of Jamie's Italian in Dundrum, a joint venture with Gerry Fitzpatrick, a seasoned and reputable operator, was unaffected and continues to trade successfully, although one seldom hears anyone talking about the food there. Chequer Lane is another venture with Fitzpatrick.)