West End snack institution Gaby’s Deli which first opened its doors is 1965 is due to be evicted from its premises next year after landlords Gascoyne Holdings secured permission to replace the beloved eatery with some sort of godawful chain restaurant. In a sign of stars’ affection for Gaby’s, a series of free awareness-raising events are being staged at the restaurant, entitled ‘Cabaret Falafel’. The first event is this Thursday at 5.45pm, with the acclaimed actor Henry Goodman performing a specially written satirical song; the following Friday juggling comic Mat Ricardo will give a performance; and in January we’re promised a reading from Simon Callow and a special short play written by Roma Tearne, starring Kate Fahy. In Simon’s words: ‘Gaby’s is everything that a West End snackeria should be – tasty, individual, fast, fun. I have been eating there since it opened. Easy, friendly, lively, sometimes a bit crazy – a great West End institution. Gaby’s must not go.’ We couldn’t agree more.