GLUT, a new American-style diner in George Street in Oxford, is on schedule to open by mid-April.

Young entrepreneur Sami Mahfouz, 24, a former pupil at Cherwell School, had hoped to open the restaurant selling burgers and fries on April 1.

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But he said the opening would now be mid-April, with the opening date to be confirmed in the near future.

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He said: “We are very close - and completing the finishing touches.”


Mr Mahfouz said earlier he was confident his independent restaurant, using locally sourced ingredients to serve customers popular dishes including burgers and fries, would be a recipe for success.

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As a result he has bought the lease on the George Street premises previously occupied by chains Giraffe, then Thali, before they closed.


Mr Mahfouz, from Jericho, who took a degree in economics in London, said his family background has prepared him perfectly for the challenge of running his own restaurant.

He said earlier: “I’ve been working in the hospitality trade since the age of 12 because my father Mimo runs a hotel.


“I’ve always wanted to open an American comfort food restaurant and I have been keeping my eye out for a suitable premises for quite a while.

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“I am passionate about food and I know a lot of suppliers in Oxford, so our meat will come from Aldens, and bread and cheese will also be sourced locally.


“There are chain restaurants in George Street and at Westgate but I will be offering something different - I’m hoping local people will support me because I am local and the food comes from local suppliers.

“Of course we will welcome anyone who wants to come and eat at the restaurant, including students and tourists.”