Pancho Lewis, West End Ward Labour Councillor, has written to KPMG, the administrators for Patisserie Valerie, urging that the company’s historic café in Old Compton Street be kept open:
Dear Simon Collins,
I am writing to you given KPMG’s role as administrators for the Patisserie Valerie chain. I would like to express my concern about the closure of the original Patisserie Valerie cafe at 44 Old Compton Street as reported here:
The cafe has a fascinating history. As you’ll be aware, it was first opened in 1926 on Frith Street by Madame Valerie herself, who showed her determination in keeping the cafe alive when it was bombed in World War II and she moved it around the corner to Old Compton Street. It has over the years become an integral part of Soho’s living history. Keeping it alive would be a very welcome move – otherwise, the Old Compton Street cafe is another part of old Soho that could potentially disappear. Indeed, as locals will tell you, Soho’s history and heritage is under threat as a result of local businesses being pushed out and every attempt must be made to protect those businesses that are an integral part of Soho’s community.
Keeping it alive would also make business sense. Retaining the Old Compton Street branch would make the company more attractive to a potential buyer.
I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you in advance for your assistance.
Councillor Pancho Lewis