Dewey-cheeked British chef and would-be L.A. school lunch reformer Jamie Oliver had his restaurant attacked amid the rioting that has erupted in the U.K. following the police shooting of a young man. Jamie's Italian, located in the Bullring shopping center in Birmingham, was in the path of rioters.
Yesterday, at around 8 p.m. London time, Oliver tweeted: "sadly my restaurant in Birmingham got smashed up windows all gone whole area closed, cant open, staff and customers all safe!!thankfully." Since then, it looks like the place has been reopened.
About two hours ago, Oliver tweeted: "Birmingham restaurant 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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He makes a good point. For a marketing juggernaut like Jamie Oliver, recuperating from that kind of devastation isn't too bad. For small businesses without hefty cash reserves and celebrity topliners, the results of such violence can mean complete devastation.
Oliver's Recipease cooking school in Clapham Junction remained unharmed, one of only two shops in the neighborhood that didn't have their windows smashed in, according to the chef's Tweets.
By the way, if you ever want to see a truly terrible piece of journalism, we recommend this clip in which an idiotic BBC newscaster interviews Darcus Howe, a West Indian-born writer who lives in London, about the riots. Most amazing is the way in which the newscaster so obviously and hamfistedly tries to entrap Howe, trying to reword his answers so that it appears he condones the violence and suggesting that he has participated in past riots. What's even more amazing is how he stands up to her and calls her on her bias.