On August 19th 1996, Cafe Delight opened its doors on Clapham High Street for the first time; Izzy was 16 and had just left school. Two years later Izzy’s father, Servet, passed away leaving the destiny of Cafe Delight in the hands of Izzy and his new wife, Mehtap. In 2017, Cafe Delight celebrated its 21st birthday, a wonderful achievement by Izzy and Mehtap (shown below) in a world of challenged high street traders and ubiquitous coffee shops and fast food outlets.
To celebrate this milestone, Cafe Delight hosted an exhibition of photographs in September and October 2017: on one wall of the cafe were displayed a set of images of Daily Cafe Life (click here to view the gallery); on the other wall were portraits of Cafe Delight's Regulars (click here to view the gallery). The photographs were taken in July 2017. The photo-essay was featured by the BBC News Website (click here) and BBC TV News (click here) ; the Evening Standard; Metro; amongst others.