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September 2016

Financial Times

Dickens’ ‘greatest thoroughfare in London’ subsumed by coffee chains

“The stranger will probably be disappointed at his first visit to the Strand,” wrote Charles Dickens in his 1879 Dictionary of London. “And in truth the houses which line it are for the most part unworthy of its position as a portion of the greatest thoroughfare in London.”

Today, while most of the shops, restaurants and great houses that once lined the Strand may have gone, many might still agree with Dickens’ sentiment. The “noble thoroughfare” he hoped the Strand would become, has instead been subsumed by a welter of Pret-a-Mangers and other chain stores.

Salieri, the last family-run restaurant, could soon be forced to move. The owner says the landlord, Aviva Investors, has put the building up for sale. The restaurant, which opened in 1976, has dodged eviction once this year but questions remain over how long it can remain at number 376, The Strand.

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Circa 1850: Horse-drawn buses convey passengers along the Strand in London © Getty
March 2016

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Entrepreneur It! Salieri On Being A Successful Family Restaurant

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January 2016

CoventGarden.uk.com

Salieri Restaurant

If you like a little drama with your dinner you won’t be disappointed by Salieri, where the decor is so cheerfully flamboyant it would make Liberace swoon with delight. There are swathes of crushed velvet and Venetian masks and tableaux painted onto the banquette seating. Salieri has been open for over 38 years and is well known for good old fashioned hospitality that has stayed fast through all the trends and changes that Covent Garden has seen.

Owner Sami is quite the legend and is a keen presence well into his seventies. He personally visits Smithfields and Billingsgate each week for the freshest ingredients and the proof is most definitely in the pudding. Or, in this case, in the Sea bass fillets with flesh as white as a diva’s teeth and accompanied by a sunny saffron-yellow bisque. And the Sirloin steak with beautifully marbled meat that sang of flavour. The steak had a darkly rich jus and the best chips I have had in a long time (I stole most of them from Robin, much to his chagrin).

We began with warmed Goat’s cheese with a piquant raspberry coulis; simple but delicious in that way that classic favourites are. We also had great Prawns the size of Goliath sizzling in garlic and wolfed down with glee.

Pudding was a very generous Tiramisu that we shared, and there was Limoncello too, of course, because at Salieri they know that there is no better way to end an evening.

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Salieri in Convent Garden magazine
December 2015

Avrupa Gazete

Salieri - Specifically Chosen As The 100th SME

It is poignant that Salieri was specifically chosen as the 100th SME profiled on Small Business Saturday. Founded in the late 70's in by Sonmez Sami senior Salieri is now the longest standing family run restaurant on The Strand, London's most iconic theatre street.

Founded in the late 70's in by Sonmez Sami( senior ) Salieri is now the longest standing family run restaurant on The Strand, London's most iconic theatre street. Hosted likes of Sheridan Smith, Martin Bell and Ambassadors and PM's as well as tourists and local community this year. It is poignant that Salieri was specifically chosen as the 100th SME profiled on Small Business Saturday. The team at Salieri hosted a reception for all 100 SMES from around the country specially profiled for the national campaign after a visit to HM Treasury's hosted Christmas Fair on Friday 4th December. Attending the reception was local opera artist Leanne, Westminster's Horticultural Garden Society , the Ambassador for TRNC, the Conservative Councillor for Westminster ward Tim Mitchell.

Amongst a chain of corporates and brands, the 2nd generation family run restaurant is surviving the change on the Strand that is opening way to large investments and office blocs.

General manager ( son) Junior Sami says: "Small businesses are the heart of any community, our place has become a second home to hundreds of people from in and around the neighbourhood and all ends of the world. I see a real recovery now in the economy after a few hard years, especially with the refurbishment works around here.

My wish is that the focus Small Business Saturday has given all small independent owners continues with the same passion. We welcome all Government support to keep us running and encourage them to ensure small businesses are not driven out especially from London where small business owners add diversity and heart to a community".

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The Earl of Wessex vists Salieri
Supporting Small Business Saturday UK
November 2015

The Telegraph Online

Support Britain's Amazing Entrepreneurs

Small Business Saturday is about so much more than just a day of shopping. What will you be doing?

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October 2015

Small Business Saturday UK

The Reason

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August 2015

Salieri Recognised in UK Top 100!

Sami Junior, Manager for Salieri said "We are extremely honoured to be part of Small Business Saturday and grateful to everyone for helping shine the light on the efforts small business owners go to. Small business owners are at the heart of every community but without the support of the public and consumers we would not be here. When in and around Covent Garden please drop by!"

A first sight of the Small Business Saturday 100

Sami Junior
June 2015

Cities and Westminster MP, Mark Field Congratulates Salieri...

...The Strand's last remaining family owned restaurant!

Salieri's owner, the oldest and only family-run restaurant left on The Strand celebrates four decades on London’s most iconic theatre street, and on only four hours night sleep and becomes the latest to be selected for the Top 100 Small Business Saturday in the UK.

Mark Field MP for Cities and Westminster added "My congratulations to Sammy and his family, may their success continue, such small firms need big government support and communities pulling together. Small businesses like Salieri help to create near half of all employment in the UK and add vibrancy to our neighborhoods."



June 2015

His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex Visits Family-Owned Salieri Restaurant

There's something about Sammy...

Salieri's owner, the oldest and only family-run restaurant left on The Strand celebrates four decades on London’s most iconic theatre street.

His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex as Patron of The London Gardens Society became the latest dignitary to visit Salieri where he met Sammy andhis family in recognition of Sammy’s horticultural contribution to the Strand and for his support over many years for The London Gardens Society.

Located opposite the The Savoy Hotel, Salieri holds memories from the Golden Era of theatre and film to today as stars wined and dined in a relaxed environment and amongst Londoners and local business clientele.

Owner Sammy of Salieri said, “It’s not always been an easy task over 35 years but I know that hard work does and will pay off. Even now, at the age of 71 I wake up at 3am and I shop for the restaurant from the great markets of Smithfield and Covent Garden.

HM Lord Lieutenant of Greater London Ken Olisa Esq OBE said "It is great to see independent family businesses such as Salieri thrive in Westminster for nearly 4 decades I thank them for their business efforts and supporting the London Garden Society".

Sammy added "I see a real recovery now in the economic climate and my wish is that small independent owners are supported so they can make their family businesses a success. The Earl's visit is wonderful honour. I thank the Garden Society and all my local neighbours for their support. I hope we never lose the community we have developed here over the past 4 decades."


June 2015

The Telegraph Online

A first sight of the Small Business Saturday 100

Preparations are under way to make Small Business Saturday on 5 December 2015 an event encouraging consumers to swap their shop from a multinational to a small, local business the biggest ever.

On Friday 28 August, the Small Business Saturday 100 will be unveiled. These are the 100 firms that the SBS organisers believe reflect the diversity of , and span sectors from brewing to app-making to skydiving.

Most of the companies on this list have never received press coverage they are truly the unsung heroes of the small-business sector. Many also actively help other small businesses to get off the ground.

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A first sight of the Small Business Saturday 100

March 2010

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Mihri?ah Safa Turkish Forum UK trust, Hurriyet newspaper editorial writer Oktay Sour hosted in London. Salieri Restaurant,
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Foreign Press

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