A derelict east London snooker hall is back in the game as a unique retail venture thanks to four of the industry’s brightest young entrepreneurs. Ed Chadwick reports

When a derelict snooker hall became available on a resurgent east London high street, it was the cue for four young entrepreneurs to expand their retail empire.

Their unique retailing story began in 2007 when brothers Dan and Chris O’Connor, James Brundle and Chris’ partner Siobhan O’Donnell took over a convenience store in Walthamstow.

After four years of learning the ropes and making a name for themselves with an in-store pizzeria, they bought a bistro next door and named it Eat 17 in honour of the neighbourhood’s postcode.