Born in Cyprus, Michael Hannides came to Southampton in 1936 and after working at a variety of jobs opened a restaurant near St Michael’s Church in 1940. The restaurant was named George’s Restaurant (his middle name was George) and quickly became, and continues to be, a Southampton institution. After the original restaurant was demolished to make way for the ring road, it reopened in bigger and better premises in St Michael’s Street.
Southampton People, by John Edgar Mann, p50-51. (HS/t)
Barefoot Boy: the Life and Times of Michael Hannides – Founder of George’s Restaurant, by John Edgar Mann. (HS/t)
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