Love Island star’s restaurant to open with proceeds going to charity

The restaurant Love Island star Mike Thalassitis was planning to open before his death, The Skillet in Loughton, Essex, is set to go ahead with its launch this weekend.

On the restaurant’s Instagram page, Thalassitis’ business partner Scott Neilson confirmed it would be opening on 27 April with sales from the drinks going to mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably).

The Skillet is a brunch bar which will serve skillet dishes including traditional full English, classic American buttermilk pancakes and Thalassitis’ favourite, Poutine Breakfast.

The Love Island star took his own life on 16 March after a battle with depression. His body was found in a park in Edmonton, north London.

The Instagram post said: “In special tribute to Mike, all drink proceeds over launch weekend will be donated to the mental health charity CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) to build awareness of depression in young men and develop practical resources to support those suffering.

“Mike worked extremely hard on this launch. He was passionate about cooking and it was his dream to one day open a restaurant. Together, we have created a first-rate breakfast bar we hope you will enjoy and we invite you all to come down and celebrate his love of good food.”

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