Thursday, 25 October 2007

Ryan Gate sells everything...





Ryan Gate has been very much the butt of my blog-based jokes. A curious beast, Ryan Gate is a slightly impluasible Lebanese deli in Worcester Park that since its inception (around 2 years go if my memory serves me well) has added to its range of services those of pizza making, greengrocery, bakery, butchery (sic), kebabs, burgers, hot Lebanese delicacies and a coffee shop. Oh, and wedding cakes.

Now, much as I am shamed to admit it, I seem to recall that I gave Ryan Gate a life expectancy of about three months when it originally opened, but that has not stopped me developing a curious affection for this place - its bewildering foodstuffs, its amiable staff, their willing helpfulness despite not beginning to grasp my explanations of what pineapple juice is and the irrepressible pace at which it reinvents itself. Oh, and then there's its frustrating habit of stopping serving pizzas around 8 o'clock when most people are just beginning to crave one, but enough of that.

I have (infrequently) come to frequent Ryan Gate and have grown to love it as a Worcester Park institution. It is up there on my list of protected species - along with Broadway Bargains, the Betty Boop shop and Mike's Music (which is doing incredibly well for a store that was supposed to have been closing down 2 years ago).

So imagine my horror when I discovered this 'Substantial Restaurant Deli Convenience Store For Sale' on the Telegraph Business Club Website. Ryan Gate, the store that sells everything (except pineapple juice) is up for sale.

A moment's silence please?

3 COMMENTS (Add Yours Now!):

italiastar said...

This place is a gem - if only it's Olives were as good as the place in Cheam and they had decent Taramsalata, it would be perfect. Have you seen the guys working there eating, I'd love to join them - the food looks fab. Oddly, I was only talking to the owner last night and he didn't mention anything about selling up. I hope this place continues under new ownership.

AHMEDALMELEH said...

I AM A REGLER GUEST COZ MKY DAD DOSE CHARTY WORK THERE SO I LIKE IT COZ ITS COOL IM AHMED ALMELEH FADHEL ALMELEH'S SON YER 5 STAR PLACE

Zero Rating, Zero Regret said...

This would be the same Ryan Gate that managed to acquire the rare, (almost unique feat in KT4) of being awarded 0 out of 5 stars by the Food Standards Agency? Seems it's passing is similarly worthy of zero minute's silence.

italiastar, even equipped with the strongest of stomachs, and brimming with optimism 'gem' would hardly be an accurate definition. (Unless there was supposed to be an 'r' between e and m).

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