Jamie Oliver's Birmingham Restaurant Vandalized in British Riots

Celebrity News Aug. 9, 2011 AT 5:35PM
Jamie Oliver's Birmingham Restaurant Vandalized in British Riots Credit: Mike Marsland/WireImage.com

Like many business owners, Food Revolution host Jamie Oliver is feeling the effects of the British riots.

The 36-year-old's Birmingham restaurant, called Jamie's Italian, was vandalized Tuesday. "Sadly, my restaurant in Birmingham got smashed up windows all gone whole area closed can't open," Oliver tweeted. "Staff and customers all safe!"

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Nearly nine hours later, Oliver informed his 1.4 million Twitter followers that the eatery "got fixed up quick. Sad for many of the other shop owners, especially the small family run businesses in this climate."

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Oliver's cooking school in Clapham Junction was one of few unharmed shops in the area. "My cookery school was in the thick of Clapham riot, but it seems they're not interested in reading or cooking," he wrote.

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"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 added. "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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