OWNER, manager, cook and extraordinary cabaret performer, Jean Jacques Jordan was an icon of the Kemp Town food scene for four decades.

Laughing Onion restaurant will be remembered by many, perhaps not for its food – which was still 70s French cuisine (think Provencal chicken, cassoulet, and snails) – but for its atmosphere.

A man named Harry would sit at the piano and play a selection of jazz lounge classics, while Mr. Jordan made his music in the kitchen, preparing dishes for guests until the final dessert was served, at which time. he himself would take center stage. .

Located at 80 St George’s Road, the restaurant served entertainment with entrees for 30 years, from 1976 until it closed in 2006.

The walls of Laughing Onion were adorned with images very similar to ours today, showing Mr. Jordan in various places during his career as a performer.

He met many celebrities during his life, including American jazz singer and conductor Cab Calloway and jazz legend Sidney Bechet. He even went on stage at the Moulin Rouge.

Do you remember having visited the restaurant? What more can you tell us, Mr. Jordan?

Brighton has long been home to the Mod movement, with people from all over the world coming to town for the annual Brighton Mod Weekenders.

Today we have two photographs that show how popular scooters were in the 60s.

Lambretta and Vespa scooters are still very much in fashion, with incredibly sought after retro models.

Have you ever owned one?

Our footage shows Hove and Portslade road safety organizer Normal Trow and RAC Superintendent J Tobin with young scooter riders.

Do you recognize any of the people depicted?

Our last image shows young pilots performing their scooter test in Brighton in 1964.

Were you one of them?


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