‘It’s up there to be shot at. They are decent, they would be hard to beat.
‘I get all my meat from Buckwells, use free-range eggs and Heinz baked beans, plus I have my own special technique, and everything is cooked to order.
‘I had a roofing business for 17 years before running the café and every morning after I picked the guys up I would go to a café and get a breakfast. It sets you up for the day. That’s why I know how to cook a good breakfast.’
The café is open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – and Graham said he was pleased to see the place busy again. He hopes to see more people this week.
Smile Cafe, Marmion Rd, Southsea
Picture: Chris Moorhouse (jpns 290721-12)
‘We get a lot of older people coming in, plus the students when they are back, and all the faces of Southsea, everyone comes in as I attract all sorts,’ he said.
Portsmouth council stripped him of his outside seating licence while shut, and now he faces jumping through hoops to get them reinstated.
He said: ‘The battle is not over. Councils up and down the county are helping the hospitality industry get back up and running, but here they are not allowing me to do something that I have done for years.
‘I will keep fighting to get them back.’
Story by Kimberley Barber
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