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The Omelette: City centre restaurant to pass to third generation


Change at the top heralds launch of new ideas at The Omelette

One of Hull’s most well known restaurants is planning to keep it in the family after confirming plans to expand the business and pass it to the next generation.

George Tambaros, owner of The Omelette, in Albion Street, is to take a back seat at the restaurant opened by his father in the 1960s. He will hand his apron to his daughter, Simone Tambaros.

But George will still be involved as a consultant, planning special events and other activities and helping The Omelette share the benefits of what he sees as Hull’s ever-improving social scene.

“The city has taken a lot of stick from people in the restaurant sector and other businesses but I think they should look at themselves, because the problem isn’t with Hull,” said George.

“Business is good – especially for a time of year when things can get a bit quiet. People are spending less money on the bigger items and instead enjoying themselves by spending on other things.

“We provide a good service for the people of Hull, as we have done for many years. Our customers include shoppers, girls’ meetings, businessmen, everything. And because things are going so well we decided it would be a good time to make the changes.”

After The Omelette was eventually sold by his father, George bought it back in 1989. Simone came on board 18 months ago and will be at the helm as the business extends its opening hours and embarks on a series of themed nights.

“We’re in a good position because we’re an independent business and have more flexibility than the national chains so we can choose the opening hours that work for us,” said George.

The changes will see The Omelette open until 10.30pm on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Simone will also introduce opening on Sundays and Bank Holidays. Themed events are likely to include comedy nights and Greek evenings.

“We did a comedy night a few years ago and it was very popular – we were full,” said George.

“We’ve also had some very successful Greek nights with music and dancing, and that may be something we develop so we can offer something different for Christmas this year.”

As a Director of Hull Business Improvement District (BID) George praised the organisation for its efforts in creating the sort of environment which has enabled him to build his business.

“Hull BID has done a great job making the city centre safer and cleaner,” he said.

“Whether people realise it or not we are all seeing the benefits of BID. There is more going on in the evenings and that is why we are expanding on what we do. We want to support the success and share in it.”

Kathryn Shillito, Hull BID City Centre Manager, said: “We are always delighted when a city centre business is able to expand its activities in this way.  Hull BID has a real focus on showcasing what the city centre’s evening economy can offer with initiatives such as the very popular dine brochure, dine week and our website

“Our aim is to bring improvements to the city centre that will help businesses in all sectors. George is a BID Director, which is an unpaid role, and is demonstrating how businesses can benefit from getting involved in our events.”

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The Omelette: City centre restaurant to pass to third generation

Change at the top heralds launch of new ideas at The Omelette. One of Hull’s most well known restaurants is planning to keep it in the family after confirming plans to expand the business and pass it to the next generation.

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