Gourmet Burger Kitchen
|Wholly owned subsidiary|
|Headquarters||London, United Kingdom|
|UK, Greece, Ireland & the Middle East|
|Products||New Zealand cuisine|
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. 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 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.
There is a subtle Kiwi theme throughout the restaurants, a reference to the heritage of the original owners.
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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.
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