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Has Dionysus Had Its Chips?

By Dave Haste Last edited 100 months ago
Has Dionysus Had Its Chips?

Dionysus kebab house

Plenty of publicity has been given to the oft-rescheduled closing of the Astoria to make way for the construction of a new station for the long-procrastinated Crossrail project. But it’s worth remembering that the Astoria is not the only establishment that is being uprooted by this work - we’ve been told that the mighty Dionysus kebab house is also a casualty of progress.

We were tipped off by an email from ‘CJ’, who had this to say:

Today is a sad day for chip-starved clubbers everywhere - Dionysus Fish and Chip Shop on the corner of Oxford Street and Charing Cross Road closes its doors to make way for some train station I will probably never use.
Being a Londoner of a slighter older vintage I can remember when this glorious establishment was situated slightly further up Tottenham Court Road in what we used to call the Greek chip shed.
The best chips and the smelliest pickled onions in the West End.
I've heard they are going to try to find new premises. I hope they do. Even though my clubbing days are over, a girl still needs to know where she can lay her hands on a damn fine bag of chips and under-the-counter onion vinegar.

For the uninitiated, Dionysus is no mere chippy. It is an institution. Over many years it has sustained an epic throughput of nourishment to many thousands of West End revellers, Londonist included. The junction of Tottenham Court Road, Charing Cross Road and Oxford Street will be a much hungrier place without it.

We’re certainly hopeful that Crossrail will deliver significant benefits to London, now that it finally looks like it’s going to happen. But we also share CJ’s hope that Dionysus (the Greek god of wine, don’t you know?) can soon rise from its progress-induced hangover to provide us with fried and grilled goodness once again.

Picture taken from rendomthoughts’ Flickr photostream under the Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivative Works licence.

Last Updated 18 January 2009

dustbinman

We always call it Dialysis (from Greek "dialusis", meaning dissolution, "dia", meaning through, and "lusis", meaning loosening)

It is ace, though. It will be sorely missed.

cobo04

Cross Rail has a lot ot answer for, how many other well know and loved buildings will be demolished for yet another station?

Lindsey

I never dared try this place. Purely because of its location. Like I only ever went to that Burger King once. Shudders.

SallyB

I once met a very nice *lady of the night* in there.
I didn't have enough money for my chips and she made up the difference.
Books and covers and all that.

CrossRail is evil and must die.

DeanN

They used to serve celery with their halloumi kebabs. A real touch of class, that.

JazCummins

I have to say I wouldn't miss this place - I used to walk past it every day on the way to work, and the smell in the morning used to kill me!

It does look ace though, and I'd be lying if I said I'd never ventured in after a good night at the Astoria or Metro :-(

iamsparticus

Strikes me as they could have made a lot of people happy by deciding to knock down the centrepoint instead. Orbital Comics has moved from the other side of the road too (not sure if this is Crossrail related though).

cowfish

First it got knocked down and they moved down the road. Then it burnt down and they rebuilt it. Now it's getting knocked down again and they're going to move elsewhere. I admire their tenacity, but from the three times I've visited I've had a bad kebab (with consequences) three times.

I look forward to my inevitable fourth visit and wish them the best of luck.

uzespourmoi

Dionysus CANNOT close. We have been coming to this restaurant for decades - for value for money and great Greek food it is unsurpassed in London. Now as to closing Centre Point instead.......fantastic idea.

KebabHunter

Message from the owners of Dionysus:

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Subject: DIONYSUS WILL RETURN !!

To all Dionysus lovers,

As you may be aware, due to the development of Tottenham Court Road Station and Cross Rail, Dionysus has been forced to close!!!

We have received countless messages of support from all our friends and customers alike and we appreciate all of them.
Established in 1969, Dionysus has been open and feading London for 40YEARS and we were all very sad to see it go (albeit temporarily).

SO fear not... DIONYSUS WILL RETURN!!!
Dionysus will open again somewhere nearby as soon as we can find a premises that is good enough.

Once again thank you for your support!
The Dionysus Family
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Dawn

Im not a Londoner but i visit frequently & was absolutely heartbroken to find that Dionysus had gone. I was resigned to having lost Dionysus forever untill finding this blog, for those that have tasted Dionysus you will realise how devastated i was about the closure & how happy i am that they are opening new premises. Does anyone know where & when?

wattersd

People ... tell me where I can rediscover my Dionysus. They must have found a new premises by now?

Skip

Hey guys, it's now September 2010 and Autumn / Winter is round the corner (again) and i will miss the hot food at Dionysus on those cold nights up West.

Is there any update on the new premises? any news would be great!

Sdhwouf

any news - easily the best kebab shop in london?

Moliver

Any news?

Ccscheng

I've been going to Dionysus since university days over 30 years ago (TCR premise). Not only were their kebab the best, they also served a very tasty slow-cooked lamb, and charcoal chicken (better than that Portuguese chicken place). The chips were decent, and the taramosalata was also okay. Makes my mouth water thinking about it. We need you back! And soon!!

Johnny Frost

Dionysius, it's been too long