Gourmet Burger Kitchen

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Gourmet Burger Kitchen
Wholly owned subsidiary
Founded2001 Edit this on Wikidata
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
Number of locations
80 restaurants (as of 2018)
Area served
UK, Greece, Ireland & the Middle East
Key people
Peter Gordon
ProductsNew Zealand cuisine
OwnerFamous Brands
Number of employees
Previous logo
Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Southside Wandsworth, London

Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) is a restaurant chain in the United Kingdom specialising in gourmet burgers.


The company was started in London by New Zealanders Adam Wills, Greg Driscoll and Brandon Allen, in 2001. Chef Peter Gordon, a New Zealand-born, London-based chef, oversaw the menu development and the first restaurant opened in 2001, bringing the concept of 'gourmet burgers' to London. GBK is known for its "large" burgers, fresh produce and casual service style.[citation needed] The initial success of the Battersea restaurant led to further openings across London.

In 2005, the owners sold the business to Clapham House Group PLC [1] who added a total of 53 restaurants across the UK. In 2010 the restaurant chain was sold to Capricorn Ventures, most notable for operating Nando's. GBK expanded to 60 restaurants across the UK, and has plans to continue growing. Franchises operate in Ireland, Dubai, Greece and Oman.

In September 2016, the South African firm Famous Brands bought the company for US$143.3 million.[2] In August 2018, the company reported huge losses due to a decline in sales.[3]

There is a subtle Kiwi theme throughout the restaurants, a reference to the heritage of the original owners.[citation needed]

In October 2018, Gourmet Burger Kitchen reported a £47m loss amid tough trading conditions. Later that month, Gourmet Burger Kitchen announced plans to close 17 restaurants.[4]

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  1. ^ Tobin, Lucy (30 September 2014). "Former PizzaExpress chairman puts an AIM listing on The Real Greek menu". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 2 October 2014. Page is famous for rising from being a dishwasher at PizzaExpress to manager, franchisee, chief executive and then chairman, before he set up Clapham House. It bought and then expanded Gourmet Burger Kitchen, The Real Greek and Bombay Bicycle Club before being taken over.
  2. ^ "Famous Brands buys UK burger chain". IOL News. Reuters. 1 September 2016. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  3. ^ "Another Burger Chain Is In Serious Trouble". Eater London. Retrieved 11 September 2018.
  4. ^ "Gourmet Burger Kitchen plans to close 17 stores to stay afloat". BBC News. 24 October 2018.

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