A generation of Rolling Stones fans have found culinary satisfaction at this legendary restaurant.
Yet Bill Wyman is closing his Sticky Fingers restaurant after 32 years due to the Covid pandemic, making it “impossible” to stay open.
The 84-year-old bassist is said to be “devastated” by the shutdown because it has always meant “a lot to him”.
Controversy: Bill Wyman closes his Sticky Fingers restaurant after 32 years due to the Covid pandemic, making it ‘impossible’ to stay open (pictured with Mandy Smith at his restaurant in 1989)
A friend of Bill’s told Richard Eden of the Daily Mail: “Bill is devastated that he had to shut down, but the Covid-19 pandemic has made prosecution impossible.
“It combined his passions for comfort food and music, and it always meant a lot to him, until the end. “
Sticky Fingers, which he named after the 1971 album Stones, was based on Wyman’s favorite “messy” American cuisine, including burgers and fries, ribs and fajitas.
Devastated: The 84-year-old bassist is said to be ‘devastated’ by the shutdown because it has always meant ‘a lot to him’ (photo of Sticky Fingers restaurant in Phillimore Gardens in London)
The musician, who left the Stones in 1993, wanted the Kensington Dining Hall to be “a haven of good times and good food.”
But its grand opening was eclipsed when Wyman, then 52, attended the launch with his 18-year-old fiancee, Mandy Smith. He had started courting her when she was only 13 and, according to her, had started sex the following year.
He was subsequently investigated by Scotland Yard’s Serious Crimes Squad, but no charges were laid.
Much has changed on the venue’s 28th anniversary, which Bill marked by hosting a private party there with his third wife, California model Suzanne Accosta, 50, and their daughters Jessica, 25, and Matilda Mae, 23. .
Famous Attendees: Stella and Mary McCartney pictured at Sticky Fingers restaurant in London to celebrate her third birthday in May 1992
The restaurant was a popular destination not only for foodies but rock’n’roll fans as well, as Bill filled the walls with over 100 items from the Bill Wyman Archives.
They included a selection of his own instruments such as his fretless bass guitar, which he himself built in 1961 and used when he first met his future band mates, Sir Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.
The venue has now been completely stripped of all elements, while a sign on the front door reads, “We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your continued support over the years. “
Long ago: Ronnie and Jo Wood at the opening of Wyman’s Sticky Fingers restaurant in Kensington, London, in 1989