Simon Rimmer’s restaurant empire began with Only Fools and Horses con when he lied to bank
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Simon Rimmer, who is best known for his culinary skills and hosting Sunday Brunch alongside Tim Lovejoy, is also the proud owner of his £25 million 12-restaurant empire. The Channel 4 presenter first opened his franchise almost three decades ago with his business partner Simon Connolly.
Despite having no culinary experience at the time, the Sunday Brunch presenter revealed he pulled off an Only Fools and Horses style plan in a bid to get funding.
The culinary chef attempted his hand at being a wheeler-dealer and convinced his bank to lend him money to open his first restaurant Greens in Manchester back in 1990 with his business partner.
Simon said: “Like all good entrepreneurs, we lied to a bank!
“Simon and I had an Only Fools And Horses-style business plan – ‘This time next year, Rodders, we’ll be millionaires in our 28-cover BYO vegetarian restaurant in a south Manchester suburb!’”
Only Fools and Horses was a British sitcom which featured wheeler-dealer Del Boy (played by David Jason) and his pal Rodney Trotter (played by Nicholas Lyndhurst).
Simon continued: “It amazed us when the bank agreed to lend us the money because neither of us had any sizable capital.
“I was working as a self-employed designer and doing a little bit of part-time lecturing work.
“And [his business partner] was working as a restaurant hotel manager and between us, we had about £2,000.”
Fortunately, it worked out for Simon when the bank agreed to loan him the money, much to his surprise.
“The purchase price for the business was £42,000 and the bank agreed to lend us the rest,” Simon continued to The Times.
“We walked out of the bank and said to each other, ‘They’ve just said yes! Are they mad?’”.
Simon went on to expand his empire and opened his third restaurant called Food by 1998.
Although the Channel 4 presenter admitted the pair “almost lost it all” after some bad business decisions, he has since gone onto have success in the food and hospitality industry.
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The Sunday Brunch host now owns 12 restaurants and has previously discussed the struggles of maintaining his businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In December, Simon said that he’d “had enough” of seeing his Manchester restaurant, Alberts Schloss, empty because of Covid restrictions.
Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “Being in @AlbertsSchloss 2 days before Xmas and no trade.
“This time last year we’d be packed already. Do one 2020 I’ve had enough.”
Pal and former Strictly Come Dancing contestant Gemma Atkinson was quick to comfort Simon, saying: “Gutted for you Si. As soon as it’s safe to be there we’re coming back!!!!”
Meanwhile, the small-screen star retweeted a message from a fan who had been using Simon’s restaurant Greens delivery service in time for Valentine’s Day yesterday.
In view of his 271,000 followers, the Sunday Brunch host retweeted a message which read: “Just celebrated Valentines Day with an outstanding three- course-meal from @[email protected] restaurant.
“The food was absolutely perfect from start to finish. A real shame we couldn’t eat in the restaurant itself but so good to be celebrating a special day with these guys.”
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