Alberts, 88 Whitechapel High Street, Borough of Tower Hamlets, London E1, 2014 • Men’s clothier with a nifty sideline in Jack the Ripper t-shirts. I thought this grand frontage once belonged to Blooms (note five letter slots above logo), a famous Kosher restaurant chain established in the 1920s and terminated in 2010 – there’s an obituary of founder Sidney Bloom here. However apparently Blooms was next door; it opened in 1952 and closed in 1996, Halal being the prevalent religious cuisine around Whitechapel now. According to jewisheastend.com, the ornate plaque above the door (see below) marks the site of a Jewish newspaper that opened briefly in the 1920s: “It closed after about 8 months but left this marvellous memento behind.”
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