Edinburgh council tells popular Greek cafe it doesn’t have permission to trade

Edinburgh council told a popular Greek-style cafe it was not allowed to trade.

Edinburgh City Council rejected Don’t Tell Mamma’s bid on Wednesday February 2 to operate a cafe on its premises in Tollcross.

The famous cafe opened in 2018 and has become well-known across the city for its tasty Greek pastries, like spanakopita and bougatsa, but it appears they are operating without permission.

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The site includes a commercial unit on the ground floor and is located on the west side of Home Street.

The premises were built by Dunn and Findlay, 1897 and are a C listed building, located within the Merchiston and Brunstfield Conservation Area.



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Old pals Themistocles Sima and Stathis Tsakiridis have opened the restaurant and cook all their own in-store produce at 64 Home Street.

Edinburgh Live reported last year on a coffee garden pop-up they started outside in a garden next to St Mary’s Cathedral.

But the owners recently noticed there were planning issues and contacted the council.

In 2016 Edinburgh Council decided the premises could be used as a bakery.

This meant that when Don’t Tell Mamma took over the building in 2018 there was planning permission, but they had been operating as a coffee shop for some time and had no idea they needed planning permission. to construct.



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The Greek restaurant offers a wide range of coffees and snacks

They submitted the rejected bid last year and told Edinburgh Live today they now plan to resubmit another council bid in the coming weeks.

A spokesperson said: “We are already working on our next coffee app and hope this time we can get it working. Luckily we have a lot of support from the local community, it’s a pleasure to serve.

“St. Mary’s Cathedral also showed the best support and help we could ask for. This year we return with an idea that will complement the already charming West End community, with a garden cafe concept that will bring a unique outdoor experience.

Rejecting the proposal, Edinburgh council officials said the proximity of the ventilation system to neighboring properties was having a detrimental impact on neighboring properties.



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The Greek duo first opened the Tollcross bakery/café in 2018

The handling report explains the reason for the rejection and explains that Environmental Protection has recommended that it be rejected.

He says: “The ventilation system carries cooking odors from the back of the premises onto the flat roof and the drying green which serves the surrounding residential buildings. Exhausting fumes will be dispersed past the residential windows of these properties and have been the subject of noise and odor complaints in the past.

“Given the proximity and relative height of the flue to the apartments, there is concern that backflow of fumes will enter these properties on a regular basis. It is likely that cooking odors from fumes will impact the amenity of surrounding residential properties.

‘Environment Protection recommends that this request be denied as it is highly likely that the current level of amenity enjoyed by surrounding residential properties will be diminished and have a negative impact if this request is granted.’

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