Resulting in the restaurant spending the best part of the past 18 months closed, until it reopened once again on June 26 this year.
Andrew, 52, who was a previously a doctor prior to opening Minnies, said: ‘We are extremely pleased with our customers reactions to Minnies, because you can plan as much as you like but it’s not until you welcome real life customers that you know whether you have done a good job or not.
‘Not just for the owners, Yvonne and I, but for the whole team - we have all put a lot of work in to get ready and prepare, it has been exciting to see so many smiling faces over the past few weeks.
Yvonne and Andrew Cohen have opened a new restaurant in Southsea called Minnies. Strawberry Extravaganza. Picture: Stuart Martin (220421-7042)
‘We are all about delicious home-cooked food, beautifully presented and pair that up with a lovely warm welcome and great service.
‘In many ways, we are very old fashioned here - we employ really good chefs, Yvonne and I work here all the time to greet all of our guests and Yvonne is very knowledgeable about wines, so she has picked all of them on our wine lists.’
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Yvonne and Andrew Cohen have opened a new restaurant in Southsea called Minnies. Andrew and Yvonne pictured outside of the restaurant. Picture: Stuart Martin (220421-7042)
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