New Streatham restaurant Dean's Diner opens in memory of Norbiton man's cancer victim brother Dean Roberts
A diner has been opened in memory of a man's fun-loving brother, who died last year.
Graffiti artist Dean Roberts died in front of friends and family at St George’s Hospital in Tooting on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at the age of 28, following a three-year long battle with cancer.
His younger brother Aaron Perry, 23, of Roseberry Road, Norbiton, brought to life his late sibling’s dream when he officially opened Dean’s Diner in Streatham Homebase at the weekend.
The father-of-four said: “He had always wanted to do it – open a cafe. He always spoke about it. A couple of weeks before he died we even went to view a place.
“Dean loved food – he ate anything and everything. We serve a mix of things here – burgers, baguettes, breakfast, hot dogs. It is a mobile cafe on wheels really.”
Mr Perry, who was previously the youngest director at Kingston-based environment group Save the World, said the opening had gone really well.
The former Latchmere School pupil said: “Everyone has been so supportive. Even the staff from Homebase have been having their lunch at the diner. The opening went really well.”
He remembered his older brother fondly as a mischievous one and said he was far from a typical older brother type.
On travelling to Streatham to open up the diner every morning by 7am, Mr Perry said: “Dean had a flat in Streatham so when this place came up it just seemed right as that’s where he would have been – where his friends are and where he would have wanted to be.
“I purchased it a few weeks after he died and I found that it kept him with me as motivation, helping me through and keeping me focused to get it all running. I would not have done it if it was not for him.”