Mike Thalassitis’ Essex restaurant opens one month after Love Island star’s shocking death

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MIKE Thalassitis’ Essex restaurant has opened one month after the Love Island star’s shocking death.

The tragic star put months of work into the launch and his pal Montana Brown headed to Loughton, Essex, on Friday night with 2017 Love Island star Scott Thomas and Mike’s business partner Scott Neilson.

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Montana revealed the restaurant hosted a private launch on Friday and officially opened its doors to customers on Saturday.

She promised to meet fans at the diner in Loughton, Essex, on the weekend and told her 1.3million followers on Instagram: “Hi everyone, so I’m on my way to The Skillett, it officially opens tomorrow (Saturday). I can’t wait. I’m really excited to see it. If you’re out in Loughton definitely pop down and give us a try.”

She later continued: “I thought I’d update everyone on the official launch of The Skillet. I went today and it was amazing, I can’t believe it. It’s all finally coming together, I wish Mike was here to see it.

“I’m so so proud of him. I can’t wait for you guys to get down there and get some grub. I’m going to be popping in tomorrow to meet a few of you and I can’t wait to see you down there.”

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Montana said the venue is ‘amazing’ as she posed in a cropped top and combat trousers
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Montana said she is ‘so proud’ of her late friend Mike, who died in March
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Last month Scot confirmed that he was going ahead with the business.

A statement on the restaurant’s Instagram, he said: “Just to address all the speculation. I would like to make it clear that we will be opening The Skillet when it is ready, it has been a tough week trying to continue to sort things out.

“However, Mike would’ve wanted this cafe to open, he spent everyday for the past couple of months working hard to make this place a success so we are pulling together to get this ready for everyone and especially for Mike.

“Can’t wait to share it with you all, and I will announce the date of the opening shortly.”

Mike’s restaurant will open soon

Flowers were placed outside the venue by Mike’s heartbroken friends after his death.

Mike had been planning to open up the restaurant along with Scott, who is also a former semi-professional footballer.

According to filings at Companies House the pair were about to open The Skillet, and an Instagram page for the restaurant had already been set up telling people that it was coming soon.

The Love Island hunk died on Saturday aged 26
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But supporters took to the page to ask that the place be named after Mike, who rose to fame on the 2017 series of Love Island.

One wrote: “Only an idea but maybe The Skillet should be called Mike Thalassitis or Michael Thalassitis?”

Another said: “Yes I agree it should be named after mike!!”

“Thanks to everyone for following! Stay tuned over the next couple of weeks for more exciting updates.”

Mike’s cause of death was confirmed after he took his own life in a north London park.

Fans want the restaurant to change its name in his honour
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YOU'RE NOT ALONE

EVERY 90 minutes in the UK a life is lost to suicide.

It doesn’t discriminate, touching the lives of people in every corner of society – from the homeless and unemployed to builders and doctors, reality stars and footballers.

It’s the biggest killer of people under the age of 35, more deadly than cancer and car crashes.

And men are three times more likely to take their own life than women.

Yet it’s rarely spoken of, a taboo that threatens to continue its deadly rampage unless we all stop and take notice, now.

That is why The Sun launched the You’re Not Alone campaign.

The aim is that by sharing practical advice, raising awareness and breaking down the barriers people face when talking about their mental health, we can all do our bit to help save lives.

Let’s all vow to ask for help when we need it, and listen out for others… You’re Not Alone.

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A Met Police spokesperson said: “Police were called to a park near Latymer Way, N9 at 09:28hrs on Saturday, 16 March to reports of a man found hanged.

“Officers and the London Ambulance Service attended and found a man, aged in his 20s, deceased.

“At this early stage, the death is not being treated as suspicious. The man’s next of kin have been informed. A file will be prepared for the coroner.”


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