United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Hotel / Restaurants
Accommodation And Food Service Activities
Food And Beverage Service Activities
56.10 - Restaurants and mobile food service activities

362 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 October 2020
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Gourmet Burger Kitchen, the British hamburger restaurant chain, has announced that it will close 26 of its restaurants across the UK, putting 362 jobs at risk of redundancy after it had been bought out of administration. The transaction has saved 35 sites and 669 jobs.

A representative of the administrators said the restrictions introduced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated the challenges faced by many high street restaurant chains.

Gourmet Burger Kitchen employed just over 1,000 people before the pandemic started. The company had been acquired by Boparan Restaurant Group, which had also bought the restaurant chain Carluccio’s.



Eurofound (2020), Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 102264, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/102264.