Is this Sunderland’s best cafe?

The Place manager Parviz Alizadeh (left) with his staff

The Place manager Parviz Alizadeh (left) with his staff

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A business owner has heaped praise on his staff after winning the Echo’s Cafe of the Year award.

The Place Cafe, in Athenaeum Street, Sunderland, is celebrating after your votes saw it crowned the winner.

My staff were all jumping up and down and hugging everyone when we heard the news

Parviz Alizadeh

The cafe, which offers dishes from around the world, saw off tough competition from second-placed Miss Tina’s Coffee Shop, in Barmston Village Centre, Washington, and third-placed Hillhend Tea Room, in Lizard Lane, Whitburn.

Manager Parviz Alizadeh, who is known by most as Ali, was thrilled with the news, and credited his 11 staff for the triumph. He said: “My staff were all jumping up and down and hugging everyone when we heard the news.

“ We’re absolutely delighted.

“I’m so proud of my team, because it is they who have created this scenario.

“They have done the job and looked after the customers, and the customers have voted for them.

“I’m so grateful to my team, and have to give them the credit.

“I create the food and the menu, but they deliver it on a daily basis.”

“The Place opened seven years ago, and Mr Alizadeh feels his business, along with many of 
the others who entered the competition, is helping to make Sunderland a better place.

He added: “It’s outstanding to see that someone like the Echo actually creates this scenario where the efforts of the local businesses are recognised.

“Every single business which took part is a winner, and we are more than happy to share the privilege with everyone.

“We are all doing our best to make Sunderland a much, much better place than it has been.

“It’s lovely to be recognised and rewarded.

“We are very well-supported by our customers, who come here on a daily basis, and it is they and my team who deserve so much credit.”