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Traditional cafe priced out of East London

PUBLISHED: 18:16 22 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:30 05 October 2010

A TRADITIONAL East End caff which opened in the 1950s served up its last fish and chips today as its owners are priced out of the area.

By Else Kvist

A TRADITIONAL East End 'caff' which opened in the 1950s served up its last fish and chips today as its owners are priced out of the area.

Rossi's on Hanbury Street in Spitalfields, run by Harold and Jenny Londono, had become an 'institution' for regular punters. These included a mix of local folk, workers, artists and office staff who enjoyed the good, affordable 'greasy spoon' grub.

The Columbian couple took over from Italian Johnny Rossi who opened the café in 1951. Around 300 to 400 punters came through their doors every day.

Even contemporary artists Gilbert and George frequented the café daily for breakfast and lunch.

But now Harold and Jenny and their six staff, which include other family members, have lost their livelihoods unless they can find alternative premises.

They took their case to a tribunal after they say their landlady would not renew their £65,000 a year lease. Instead an office, paying £80-90,000 is said to be moving in.


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