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.

Further reading:

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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