North London Cafe | Mario's Cafe

Current Exhibition

Original Screen Prints

by Claire Levin


Over the past two years I have created two series of work.
They explore how different elements can come together and co-exist.
Can they blend and still retain their individual qualities?
Can they enhance and embellish each other?

The 3 large geometric prints are £65.00 (£58.00 unframed).
The 6 smaller blended prints are £50.00 (£44.00 unframed).
More prints are available in both series.
Further work in the pink series are available.

Contact

Mobile: 07769 558560
Email: clairelevinprint@gmail.com

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Past Exhibitions

Artists who have previously exhibited at Marios Cafe....

Jeorge Asare-Djan
Nemo Roberts
Mark Coombs
Jo Hodges
Aya Tokita
Richard Jolly
Lisa Hurcum and Hugh Davies
Harry Deansway
Amanda Critchlow
Tom Hogan
Jason Gormley
Dorelle Morgan
Lisa Scott
Jeremy Cooper
Kenneth Toby John Wotherspoon
William Leach
Sonia Lenzi / Gerry Badger
Eddie King
Gareth Halliday
Bettina Schroeder
 

Then....

The year was 1958 when my grandfather Mario opened up ‘Tony’s Restaurant’ at 6 Kelly Street. He hailed from the Puglia region of Italy and had decided to name the place after his son and my dad, Tony.

Things bobbed along nicely for several years, attracting lots of students from the local Polytechnic just around the corner. Polytechnic’s gone now, its luxury flats, as you’d expect.

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Then in true Italian fashion, Tony had a bust up with Mario and walked out, leaving Mario to run the place alone. He struggled to continue without him and eventually leased the place to a Chinese family. So in 1974 ‘Tony’s Restaurant’ became ‘The Golden Sun’.

10 years passed before the lease was up for renewal and for reasons best known to him, my grandfather refused to lease it to the Chinese family. So it sat empty for 4 years during which time he passed away. It was then, Tony (my dad) found himself redundant from the Greek restaurant he’d been working at. He was aged 55. So striking a deal with his siblings, the place opened up as a cafe again.

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So much to our disapproval ‘Mario’s Cafe’ was born on 6th June 1989 and this time they named it after me! At the time I was an uneducated unemployed pot smoking wannabe rock star, so I was roped in to help out. I was only supposed to be there for a year until I realised how much music was associated with the area. The Falcon Pub quickly becoming my favourite music venue.

After a year, my dad had a heart attack, had to go off to have triple bypass surgery and left me holding the baby so to speak. I’m still here and the rest is history....

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Now....

A small selection of photos of the cafe as it is today.

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'Mario's Cafe' (2010)

by Roland Denning



Visit

6 Kelly Street
Kentish Town, London
NW1 8PH

Open

Tuesday - Saturday, 8am - 4pm
Tube: Kentish Town
Bus: 46, 134, 214, 393, C2

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